Walking & hiking
Hokitika region walks
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.
Time and skill level: 15 minutes | easy
An awesome viewing platform is just four minutes from the car park and this part of the track is accessible for wheelchairs. Carry on further to an impressive swingbridge and the granite rocks of the gorge's walls.
- Find out more about Hokitika Gorge.
Time and skill level: 15 minutes or 2 hours 30 minutes one way | easy
The first 15 minutes from the western start of the walkway brings you to Mahinapua Creek or choose to walk further along the old tram line. Also open to mountain bikers.
Lake Mahinapua wetlands
Lake Kaniere walkway
Time and skill level: 4 hours | moderate
Starts or ends at Sunny Bight picnic area. Passes along the western shores of the lake. Also open to mountain bikers.
Kaniere Water Race walkway
Time and skill level: 3 hours 30 mins to 4 hrs | moderate
Follows the twists and turns of an historic power station water race as it passes along the edge of the scenic reserve. Also open to mountain bikers as part of the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
Ross Historic Goldfields walk
Time and skill level: 10 minutes – 1 hour walks | easy
A range of interesting historic goldfields walks starting from the Ross Information Centre.
Londonderry Rock Walk
Time and skill level: 10 minutes | easy
Turn off SH 73, 1km east of Kumara, a short walking track through old gold workings to view a huge boulder too large for the miners to move or break.
Tunnel Terrace walk
Time and skill level: 20 minute loop | easy
Starts on the road between Stafford and Goldsborough (15km north of Hokitika). Track meanders through old gold works and tail race tunnels.
German Gully Pack Track
Time and skill level: 30 minutes | easy
Track climbs out of the valley and emerges on the Scandinavian Hill Road passing several old gold workings.
More information on West Coast walks
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