Swing Bridge and Bush Walk (Trip #4)

Traditional favourite for those prepared to get their feet wet (depending on tides). Please contact us to book the best times for your trip.

  • Best For: Traditional favourite
  • Cruise: Varies depending on tides
  • Walk: Torrent Bay to Medlands 7 kms (4.4 miles), approx 2 hours
  • Start: 9.20 (all year) 10.30 am (high season)
  • Finish: 4.10 (all year) 6.00pm (high season)
  • Cost: From $71 per adult

Take the 9.20 or 10.30 am Vista Cruise from Kaiteriteri to Torrent Bay for a tidal landing on the beach*.

Then walk 7 kms (4.4 miles) along the coastal track through lush, dense forest and across the Falls River Swing Bridge to Medlands Beach. Maximum elevation 105 m (340 ft).

*PLEASE NOTE: the shallow tidal beach at Torrent Bay often requires a small boat transfer to get you close to shore, and can involve wading through water over your knees. The small boat transfer is not suitable for people with limited mobility or balance.

*PREPAY by phone at least 2 hours before sailing to SAVE $3 PER ADULT ($1.50 per child)

Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket office 20 minutes before departure.

9.20 or 10.30* am: Depart Kaiteriteri to cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead and into Torrent Bay

10.05 or 11.15* am: Arrive at Torrent Bay. A dry landing is possible at high tide. At low tide, you might have to wade ashore from the Vista Cruise, or take a small boat transfer to the beach.

Walk 7 kms (4.4 miles), maximum elevation 105 m (340 ft), along the coastal track. Cross the swing bridge over Falls River (15–20 metres high depending on the tide) and continue on to Medlands Beach.

3.10 or 5.05* pm: Vista Cruise pick up at Medlands Beach

4.15 or 6* pm: Return to Kaiteriteri.

*Later times available between 20 October and 31 March.

Departure Timetable:

Departures: 20 October to 31 March
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20 or *10.30 am
Arrive Torrent Bay 10.05 or 11.15am
Pickup Medlands Beach 1.10, 3.10 or *5.05pm
Return Kaiteriteri 1.55, 4.10 or *5.50pm

*No bus connection with later pickup.
*Shoulder Season (1-19 October and 1-30 April) no 5.05 pm pickup.

Departures: 1 May to 30 September
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Arrive Torrent Bay 10.05am
Pickup Medlands Beach 3.10pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15pm

Our friendly Reservations Team is waiting to answer your enquiries and take your booking. Please contact us using the details below or complete the online form on this page and one of our team will reply within 24 hours.

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