Paradise Beach to Church Bay

This beachside walk provides a link between Paradise Beach and Black Point, without having to use the main road.

Start Paradise Beach car park
Finish Church Bay
Distance 3.1 km
Time 45 minutes one way

Please leash dogs on walking tracks and footpaths.

On Hays Bay beach, dogs are prohibited during summer (from 1 November to 31 March between 9am and 7pm), except for the purposes of passing through where dogs must be on a short leash. Outside these times dogs are permitted under effective control


Access the track from Paradise Beach car park. Walk along the beach (a marked high tide option exists) before the track climbs and then descends on the Charteris Bay Yacht Club Road.

Follow the concrete road uphill, then take the marked track to Hays Bay. Cross the beach and continue around Black Point Reserve. The track eventually joins a wider gravel track that descends down to Church Bay where you can find the start of the Coastal Cliffs Walkway.

This walk is part of the Head to Head Walkway.

Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link)(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.