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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.

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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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MAWHERA 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. Photo Credit to Charles Bruning
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Hokitika Gorge

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

Glacier Country Lake Tours

$115 - $200
Join us for a Scenic Cruise or Fishing Charter on Lake Mapourika - just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier.  Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water boasts panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
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WESTPORT & 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. Many people choose to walk only to the first or second huts on the track instead of walking its entire length. The huts, Heaphy and Lewis, are Department of Conservation-maintained bush cabins with gas cooking facilities, open fires, bunks with mattresses, large camping grounds, toilets and running-water facilities.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Eco Rafting Adventures

High quality heli-rafting tours. Something for everyone from scenic floats to extreme grade 5. Also offering adventure fishing, overnight expeditions & customised trips.
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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Oparara Arches

Free
See the home of the extinct moa bird and the limestone archways.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Moraine Walk

FREE
Moraines are the debris of rocks and stones left when a glacier retreats.
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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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