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The Best Hiking Trails in West Coast (New Zealand)

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Photo of Paparoa track Great Walk NZ (Smoke-ho car park to Waikori road car park) Photo of Alex Knob and Louisa Peak Photo of Fox River to Ballroom Overhang
  • Alex Knob and Louisa Peak

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    near Franz Josef, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    9.62mi
    Elevation +
    3930f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofAlex Knob and Louisa Peak Photo ofAlex Knob and Louisa Peak Photo ofAlex Knob and Louisa Peak

    The track starts at the parking next to the Franz Josef Glacier road. The parking is not too big and the area is quite popular so better be early to make sure you find a spot to park. This is a DOC track (Alex Knob trac...

  • Fox River to Ballroom Overhang

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    near Tiromoana, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.54mi
    Elevation +
    1558f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofFox River to Ballroom Overhang Photo ofFox River to Ballroom Overhang Photo ofFox River to Ballroom Overhang

    This is a tough hike up the Fox River to an area known as the Ballroom Overhang. Depending on your path, there are 6 or 7 river crossings and with water levels high and the water cold it can make for very uncomfortable c...

  • near Punakaiki, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    12.60mi
    Elevation +
    3934f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofMount Bovis (1252 m) Paparoa National Park (New Zealand) Photo ofMount Bovis (1252 m) Paparoa National Park (New Zealand) Photo ofMount Bovis (1252 m) Paparoa National Park (New Zealand)

    The Mt Bovis Route is an official track from the Department Of Conservation (DOC) in New Zealand. Note that DOC rates this track as Expert: Route and describes it as "Suitable for fit, experienced and well-equipped peop...

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  • Fox Glacier View Road

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    near Fox Glacier, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.42mi
    Elevation +
    492f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofFox Glacier View Road Photo ofFox Glacier View Road Photo ofFox Glacier View Road

    So, the nice track that allowed to see the glacier from up close is gone in a mudslide in March 2019. So now the access road has to be walked instead, and the views are from farther away. On mid November, they are still ...

  • near Punakaiki, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.14mi
    Elevation +
    568f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofPororari-Punakaiki Loop, Paparoa National Park, New Zealand Photo ofPororari-Punakaiki Loop, Paparoa National Park, New Zealand Photo ofPororari-Punakaiki Loop, Paparoa National Park, New Zealand

    Beautiful hike up the Pororari river connecting with the Punakaiki river and passing through the Pancake Rocks. The Pororari river is very beautiful, almost magical, with its tea-colored waters gently flowing through an ...

  • near Tiromoana, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.55mi
    Elevation +
    791f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofFox River Bridge to the Ballroom Rock Shelter Photo ofFox River Bridge to the Ballroom Rock Shelter Photo ofFox River Bridge to the Ballroom Rock Shelter

    Fantastic longer day walk. Follow the Fox River up to the impressive Ballroom Rock Shelter. About a 12km return journey - 2.5 hours each way Leave your vehicle at the Fox River Bridge car park and follow the marked trac...

  • near Springs Junction, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    60.55mi
    Elevation +
    16230f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo ofNelson NP - Lake Daniels to Lake Rotoroa Photo ofNelson NP - Lake Daniels to Lake Rotoroa Photo ofNelson NP - Lake Daniels to Lake Rotoroa

    This tramp was 80% off track traversing three mountain ranges. The tracks we did follow were extensively damaged by recent floods. However, this was a spectacular hike meeting only a handful of other hikers in the Glenro...

  • Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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    near Franz Josef, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.08mi
    Elevation +
    486f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo ofFranz Josef Glacier, New Zealand Photo ofFranz Josef Glacier, New Zealand Photo ofFranz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

    This walks takes you to the end of the Franz Josef Glacier (terminal face). It follows the riverbed until reaching the viewpoint of the glacier with some interesting waterfalls along the way. A short detour to the Sentin...

  • near Oparara, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    6.84mi
    Elevation +
    1404f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofScott’s Beach and Big Rock Beach walk Photo ofScott’s Beach and Big Rock Beach walk Photo ofScott’s Beach and Big Rock Beach walk

    A must do walk if you are staying in Karamea. It is an easy walk through stunning rain forest along ridges with big crashing waves on the side to two beautiful beaches. All the while with beautiful vistas of the mountain...

  • Mount George track (West Coast)

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    near Rapahoe, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    1.05mi
    Elevation +
    689f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofMount George track (West Coast) Photo ofMount George track (West Coast) Photo ofMount George track (West Coast)

    This is a nice short walk, less than 2 Km long, on the West Coast of New Zealand that goes up Mount George. The track starts right on highway 6, a few meters after passing the Ten Mile Creek road, north of Greymouth. Yo...

  • Croesus track

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    near Barrytown, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    4.91mi
    Elevation +
    705f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo ofCroesus track Photo ofCroesus track Photo ofCroesus track

    Beautiful hike, but you need to consider some things: 1. The trail has no maintenance 2. There’re orange plastic marks (not at the beginning) 3. Start early in the morning 4. Use a GPS 5. Easy to get lost if it’s dark A...

  • near Franz Josef, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.93mi
    Elevation +
    2500f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo ofROBERTS POINT TRACK - FRANK JOSEF GLACIER Photo ofROBERTS POINT TRACK - FRANK JOSEF GLACIER Photo ofROBERTS POINT TRACK - FRANK JOSEF GLACIER

    A very demanding track, full of beautiful water streams, with astonishing views of the glacier at Roberts point. Many helicopters crossing over your head all the time, you have to get used to their noise (08-01-2019).

  • near Franz Josef, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.61mi
    Elevation +
    2024f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo ofRobert’s Point, Franz Josef Glacier, NZ Photo ofRobert’s Point, Franz Josef Glacier, NZ Photo ofRobert’s Point, Franz Josef Glacier, NZ

    Very rocky and not very well maintained. You need to climb rocks and use hands many times. It can be really slippery in a wet day. Some ups and downs. Four swing bridges to cross. It goes under the woods with no views at...

  • Valley & Fenian Track

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    near Oparara, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.84mi
    Elevation +
    1266f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo ofValley & Fenian Track Photo ofValley & Fenian Track Photo ofValley & Fenian Track

    Beautifull walk, especially the part from the arches car park to sunshine flat hut. The hut is 1 hour one way from the arches car park. The track is an easy and good path through ferns and dense Forrest. There is no tran...

  • Lewis Tops Track, Lewis Pass

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    near Maruia Springs, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    8.16mi
    Elevation +
    3435f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo ofLewis Tops Track, Lewis Pass Photo ofLewis Tops Track, Lewis Pass Photo ofLewis Tops Track, Lewis Pass

    Spectacular day trip up the Lewis Tops track. The purpose of the trip was to get a glimpse of the peaks 'The Apprentice', 'Lucretia', & 'Mt Technical' and assess the feasibility to complete these in a day. On conclusion,...

  • near Denniston, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.00mi
    Elevation +
    1522f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo ofMount William (1062.5 m) via Myra's track Photo ofMount William (1062.5 m) via Myra's track Photo ofMount William (1062.5 m) via Myra's track

    We park the car just before the bridge, in the area indicated for parking. After walking across the bridge you'll find the start of the track on your left. There is a wooden signpost with the text "Myras track. Mount Wi...

  • near Franz Josef, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    7.31mi
    Elevation +
    2415f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo ofRobert's Point hike - April 6, 2024. Photo ofRobert's Point hike - April 6, 2024. Photo ofRobert's Point hike - April 6, 2024.

    Great hike with amazing views. Definitely recommend doing this hike instead of Alex Knob when the clouds are below the mountain tops. It is a little difficult to hike in some parts because it can get kinda slippery. I'd...

  • near Punakaiki, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    5.12mi
    Elevation +
    528f
    TrailRank
    28
    Photo ofPororari river to Punakaiki river tack Photo ofPororari river to Punakaiki river tack Photo ofPororari river to Punakaiki river tack

    Beautiful bush walking track alongside two scenic rivers. Start at either end and allow an extra 30min to walk back along the main road to the end you parked your vehicle. The bush track is moderately easy walking with s...

  • Point Elizabeth Walkaway

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    near Runanga, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    3.86mi
    Elevation +
    459f
    TrailRank
    97| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofPoint Elizabeth Walkaway Photo ofPoint Elizabeth Walkaway Photo ofPoint Elizabeth Walkaway

    Saliendo de Greymouth por la carretera de la costa, al lado de la playa de cantos rodados oscuros, se llega a unos 5 km. a la Dommett Esplanade, en Cobden, donde comienza la ruta que describimos. Es una ruta que puede se...

    Bonito paseo , viendo morsas y disfrutando del paisaje tropical.
    manuelruizapatero
    Bosque tropical, con palmeras Nikau, en los Alpes!!!!
    luis.perecruz
    ruta fácil, se recomienda no hacerla si tienes depresión, playa desoladora....
    César Argilés
  • 294 Hokitika Gorge

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    near Kowhitirangi, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    0.52mi
    Elevation +
    49f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo of294 Hokitika Gorge Photo of294 Hokitika Gorge Photo of294 Hokitika Gorge

    294) Hokitika Gorge - 4th March 2020 - NEW Return Distance 1.7km, Max Elevation 104m, Climb 15m, Time 1hr, Level - Easy - Pops, Elaine, Hannah Co-ordinates: -42.956780, 171.019440 My Blog: Unfortunately, we did not s...

  • near Kowhitirangi, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    0.35mi
    Elevation +
    36f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo ofLe gole di Hokitika (Hokitika Gorges) - The Hokitika Gorges Photo ofLe gole di Hokitika (Hokitika Gorges) - The Hokitika Gorges Photo ofLe gole di Hokitika (Hokitika Gorges) - The Hokitika Gorges

    3D Video Relive:Il colore incredibilmente azzurro delle Hokitika Gorges, nei pressi dell'omonima città. Un percorso adatto a tutti, anche a bimbi piccoli.Per maggiori dettagli, visitate la pagina https://www.etnatracking...

  • Lago Kaniere - Kaniere lake

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    near Lake Kaniere, West Coast (New Zealand)
    Distance
    0.97mi
    Elevation +
    472f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo ofLago Kaniere - Kaniere lake Photo ofLago Kaniere - Kaniere lake Photo ofLago Kaniere - Kaniere lake

    3D Video Relive:La prima parte del percorso sul lago Kaniere (Kaniere Lake Walkway), fino al punto paroramico. In totale sarebbero 11 km sola andata, noi ne abbiamo fatti 3 A/R.Per maggiori dettagli, visitate la pagina h...

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