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1 day ago

Easy short trail to lookout. Lots of landslides in the area have closed most other trails. Good bet to see the glacier on foot.

a gift that keeps on giving

Well signed

4 days ago

I backpacked the entire length starting at Ships Cove, ending in Anakiwa. I carried all of my gear and it took me 3 days (I'm a 25 year old female from the USA).

Day 1: Ships Cove to Camp Bay ~26.5km

Take a water taxi from Picton to Ships Cove one way. I used Beachcombers and the ticket was $71. You have the option to pay $5 between each day and have the taxis take your bags to the next stop if you'd like.

At Ships Cove the trail starts with an aggressive ascent that lasts a few hours. It then flattens for most of the rest of the day. You will pass Minors Camp on your way to Camp Bay, which is another place you could camp and do some day hikes around. Camp Bay is $8 and offers toilets, water and overhead shelter if needed.

Day 2: Camp Bay to Cowshed Bay Campsite ~23km

The day starts again with an aggressive uphill climb and throughout the day has steep up and down hiking. I recommend taking your pack off to hike up to Eatswell Lookout. Its a steep little hike off the path, but WELL worth the effort with a vista that shows you all the ground you've covered so far. The day ends with a descent into Cowshed Bay Campsite which has toilets and a cold shower. Cost is $13 a night.

Day 3: Cowshed Bay to Anakiwa ~20.5km

Steep ascent out of Cowshed Bay that continues for several hours. Probably the hardest part of the track after carrying gear for two days. This is also where you are crossing private land, so be sure to have the $18 private land pass. You can purchase this from the water taxi services or the offices in Cowshed Bay. You will be most exposed during this day, so have a large brimmed hat and sunscreen handy. The second half of this day is all flat and then downhill into Anakiwa.

Anakiwa does NOT have any hostels or service stations or rubbish bins. So don't plan for this to be your replenish spot. Use the public restrooms and running water to fuel up and either return to Picton here by water taxi, or follow the Link trail for an additional day or 20km to Picton. There are several Campgrounds along the way you can stay at for this. HOWEVER, the Link trail has been washed away in a lot of coastline areas. So I don't recommend hiking along the windy road. I hitchhiked back.

love this walk with stunning waterfall

5 days ago

Truly amazing thing to see. Water is amazing!! Very short & easy walk. Worth a stop.

6 days ago

Did this hike as the other famous one was closed for lambing. I'm so glad I did as there was some variation to the walk itself and not just plain uphill. I found the first 4km uphill the hardest. Rewarded with stunning panoramic views! Came down at 4pm and only walked past 2 other walkers.

hands down the best hike I've ever done. beautiful scenery and very well maintained trail.

What a great walk! Well signposted with spectacular 360 views at the top. We walked west to east based on recommendations of reviews and really enjoyed it.

Nice stair workout going uphill, beautiful views from the waterfall.

Go early in the morning at low tide. There's so much to explore. Watch out for seals in caves, I almost tripped over one that was chillin'. We also watched a baby seal that was playing in a low tide pool while mother was out doing her thing. Great experience.

Simply stunning

Short and steep but worth it

21 days ago

Can access via Coopers Creek Carpark or View Hill Carpark (requires vehicle low river crossing which I wasn’t expecting). Fantastic view of the waterfall making for some amazing photos!

would've given a five but didn't enjoy the walking bit along the beach road. nice beach but long walk on footpath. this bit made it a loop of course. I'd recommend going over the peninsula and back again. take the extra time and go down to the bird colony.

24 days ago

Beautifully maintained trail.

29 days ago

The stairs were brutal but the view was worth it. Did it back in February!

Beautiful, easy track, stunning views, & seals.

Stunning Sean. Great if you like boulder jumping, we where with to boys 10 and 12 who loved it. You hear and see Avalanches this time of year.

Way to busy. It snowed in the night before we did the walk and even then it feld like a trafficjam. Seenery is great.

1 month ago

Excellent view along the track! Beautiful blue/green river, snow capped mt, sheep...

1 month ago

One of the best tracks I’ve walked. Very scenic with the river, the rocky cliff faces all with the magnificent Mount Hutt in the background. Can’t wait to go back and walk it again.

1 month ago

Excellent easy tramp. It has wonderful views of the river and the gorge, Weather was nice but breezy. the north wind cuts through like the legend describes. Towards the end of the trail the path was mushy wet so take care to not slip.

Pretty neat falls. Well kept & marked, easy to follow track. Can get a little busy.

1 month ago

Hiked this a few years back and it was one of the highlights of our trip so now that I am using All Trails I thought I would review it. It wasn’t highly trafficked but can be a pain to get to if rainy due to muddy roads. We had to help push the car in front of us through a muddy area. The views and hike are worth it. While this is rated easy. It is all relative as to what you are used to. This at times is moderate but easy because the trail is well maintained and easy to walk. Weather also plays a role. Look at the map for the incline. I’ve had much easier trails makes as moderate vs this in IL and TN in the US. Nonetheless if you can walk and are in ok shape you can do this. Again...the views are worth venturing here for a few hr hike.

1 month ago

Great views. The track is a farm/access vehicle track for the majority of the route. Took me just under 2 hours to the summit, pushing hard, and about 90 minutes back down.

1 month ago

1 St fall is very smal. Second is better, good to take a dive.

epic views steep but good change from I hike back home. absolutely phenomenal panoramic views atop. king of the mountain for the evening as I had the place to myself.

good day hike for fam & kids

Great views of all the water falls, glacier and sky line

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