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West Coast walking & hiking

The best way to experience the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is to simply get out there amongst it. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from that time is your only limiting factor. From full on multi-day tramps to a ten-minute amble to a picturesque spot, you will find a West Coast walk to suit your ability and time frame.

GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

Greymouth walks

FREE
Greymouth has plenty of walkways in the area to explore by foot.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Westport Walks

Walks in the Westport area, West Coast New Zealand.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Ōkārito walks

FREE
Ōkārito is a coastal settlement with stunning wetlands to explore.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Oparara Arches

Free
Tucked away in a corner of Kahurangi National Park, The Oparara has a magic all of its own, born of a million years of undisturbed isolation.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

The Heaphy Track

Children - Free. Adults $14 to $32
One of New Zealand’s nine great walks, the Heaphy Track, finishes (or starts, depending on which way you’re heading) at Karamea. The 82-kilometre, four-day tramp attracts visitors from all over the world every year.
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Haast Walks

The best way to experience the West Coasts untamed natural wilderness is to simply get out there among it. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from that time is your only limiting factor. From full on multi-day tramps to a ten-minute amble to a picturesque spot, you will find a West Coast walk to suit your ability and time frame.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Lake Brunner walks

Walks in the Lake Brunner area on the West Coast.
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REEFTON - THE TOWN OF LIGHT

Reefton walks

Walks in the Reefton, Waiuta and Lewis Pass area.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Moraine Walk

FREE
Moraines are the debris of rocks and stones left when a glacier retreats.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Minnehaha Walk

Free
This delightful short walk follows a stream through the rainforest. Glow worms can be seen along the trail.
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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

Punakaiki Walks

Walks in the Punakaiki area of the West Coast of New Zealand.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Fox Glacier walks

FREE
The area around the Fox Glacier township hosts many easy walks for visitors to Glacier Country, all within driving and walking distance from the highway.
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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track

A new Great Walk through the spectacular limestone landscapes and luxuriant forests of Paparoa National Park will be a memorial to the 29 men who died as a result of the Pike River Mine disaster on 19 November 2010.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

River Walk

FREE
Enjoy this pleasant short walk and get a great view of the glacier and the opportunity to cross a historic suspension bridge.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

$80 - $190 adults.
$40 - $90 children.
Family Rate (2 adults + 2 children) of $225 for all our 3 hour tours.
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a NZ owned and operated family business, committed to giving our clients the best experience on our guided Nature Walks in and around Glacier Country NZ.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika region walks

FREE
The Hokitika, Kumara and Ross area is packed with stunning walks that range from easy to moderate. Take in the Southern alps as you explore by foot.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika Gorge

Free
Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think it can’t look as good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge really does look that good, if not better.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef glacier walks

FREE
Enjoy moderate to easy walks around the township of Franz Josef and its glacier.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Kohaihai / Karamea Walks

Walks in the Karamea and Kohaihai area in northern West Coast New Zealand.
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Lyell and Fox River walks

Walks in the Lyell and Fox River area.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Lake Matheson

Free
The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.
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