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Best trails in West Coast

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Trying to find the best West Coast trails? AllTrails has 83 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Whataroa, Hokitika or Blackball, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 42 easy trails in West Coast ranging from 0.6 to 27.4 miles and from 16 to 3,310 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in West Coast
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#1 - Franz Josef Glacier Trail
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Be careful as you hike along this glacier, it is beautiful but alive and moving. This track is sometimes closed due to ice collapse, flooding or landslides – check the latest track conditions and wShow more
#2 - Robert's Point Track
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
Amazing hike to get a nice view of the glacier. 4 suspended bridges and tons of waterfalls. Can get quite slippery. The trail takes a long time because it is mainly slippery rocks, so take care. httpShow more
#3 - Alex Knob and Christmas Lookout via Alex Knob Track
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 6 h 13 m
Beautiful views along the way. A lot of rocks and roots along the trail which makes it more fun and keeps your mind going, the grade isn’t that bad. It’ll get your blood flowing and the views of the gShow more
#4 - Lake Matheson Loop Trail
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Pretty walk around the lake. When the water is really still everything is reflected beautifully. The trail is busy. Must do if you're in the area. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-Show more
#5 - Punakaiki Pancake Rocks Loop
Paparoa National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
Easy, paved stroll to Punakaiki "pancake" Rocks and the surge pool. Please note that are some viewing points that have stairs to them, but a wheelchair can make it around this loop.Show more
#6 - Hokitika Gorge
Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 26 m
Easy walk, pretty gorge, water won't be aqua-blue unless weather has been really good the previous days. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/hokitika-gorge-scShow more
#7 - Welcome Flat Hut via Copland Track
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
Beautiful vistas, lush moss covering rocks and trees, water falls, streams, rivers and best of all natural hot pools at your destination. This is a popular trail. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-reShow more
#8 - Pororari River Track
Paparoa National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Nice and easy walk by a river showcasing a beautiful coastal rainforest and amazing limestone formations. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/paparoa-nationalShow more
#9 - Fantail Falls and Brewster Hut via Brewster Track
Mount Aspiring National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
The hike to Brewster Hut is steep, but you’re rewarded with incredible views of mountains, a glacier and waterfalls. The hut itself is pretty nice with a large deck area. There are no stoves but thereShow more
#10 - Truman Track
Paparoa National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
Short track leading to a great view of the beach and stairs that can be taken down to the beach. The sand covers rocks in places and can go from soft to hard quickly and sporadically. Not much traffiShow more
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