Tavora Reserve is a 10-minute drive from Palmerston and offers visitors a fantastic coastal walking track with stunning views and the opportunity to see some interesting wildlife. Park at the reserve entrance off Bobby's Head Rd and wander along the waterway to the beach, up the hill, around the headland and back down the road. The walk is about an hour loop.
The reserve is owned and managed by the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust and is home to a small number of critically endangered yellow-eyed penguins. You can view penguins crossing the beach from the walking track up the hill—but please stay off the beach after 3pm so the penguins are not disturbed. The reserve may be closed during the penguin breeding season. - Tourism Waitaki