Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in West Coast Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

pretty lake trail

walking
2 months ago

Short maintained walk to views of ocean, mountains, and a dune lake all in a single panorama view. Nice break from driving.

Great spot, only a short 15-20min walk. The track/carpark are getting a big upgrade this year, the track will soon have two more swingbridges and become an optional hour long loop in addition to the current track.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely short walk on a calm day, great bird wildlife seen around the lake like friendly silvereyes and purple swamphens. Liked the info signs about the trees too! Kiwis keep their tracks so well maintained, it’s incredible!

The lake is nice but the walk is crowded and nothing special. If you go in the morning then just before you get to the lake there's a great view of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, I saw the sun glimmering through the crowds and it was incredible.

Wide trail accommodated a steady stream of visitors w/o delays.

Super quick trail though watch out for the bugs at the end! No need for hiking gear. All in all about 20 Minutes back and forth not including time taken for photos!!

Easy surface and trail through varying vegetation and along river bed with a great though distant view of the glacier.

There was a huge parking lot but was full of cars. Had to wait for parking spots to open before being allowed to drive in and park. Hike started out with a little bit of rain and then it started pouring rain. Gave the hike 5 stars because the trail is well maintained and the description was perfect. The glacier is worth checking out if you have the time and the right weather.

hiking
11 months ago

A bit more difficult than you might expect for such a tourist-centered spot, but the trail is generally in good condition. Prepare to be crowded by other people in the parking lot and on the trail. The views of both the valley and the glacier are still great despite its recession.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a busy hike from the parking lot, with many tour buses crowding the spots. Still, the trail is very well maintained for how often it erodes according to the meticulous trail management New Zealand is known for. A worthwhile jaunt on your way along the west coast.

Pretty cool.
Went on a real overcast day, so it was difficult to see the glacier.
One steep incline, we just missed a rock slide by a few hours!

walking
11 months ago

I visited Fox Glacier in late-January. I was excited to see a glacier up close, but was somewhat disappointed with this stop. Visit this if it's your only chance to see a glacier, but set your expectations accordingly: think touristy stop with only a distant glacier view. I will find a private tour that will actually get me ON the glacier next time. The walk to the viewing area is a bit steep, so those looking for a casual stroll will be surprised by the effort required.

PS - I took a helicopter tour of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers with a tour company on the main drag in Franz Josef. That was PHENOMENAL and worth every penny. The plan was to heli hike, but the weather was too temperamental to permit. We were lucky, though; it was only the second day all season they'd been able to take flight due to weather conditions.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pretty disappointing compared to other glacier hikes we've done elsewhere.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The glacier has sensibly retreated compared to most photos on the internet. The track ends quite far away from the terminal face. Overall good views on the way of the upper section and beautiful waterfalls. Easy, fits also families, no wheelchairs.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This was an awesome hike with incredible views. Good for all levels.

walking
Saturday, December 17, 2016

The trail is fairly crowded and nothing particularly special, but the reflections off the lake are crystal clear and make for great photos.

walking
Saturday, December 17, 2016

hiking
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Nice heavily forested walk. Not particularly strenuous but leads to a beautiful pebble beach that is a breeding ground for the protected Fiordland Crested Penguin.

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