Explore the most popular river 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.

I heard folks complaining that the glacier was mostly retreating. Sure, it is. But this hike is beautiful regardless. It's short and sweet.

a Nice walk. And they pad is in good condision. it is a short walk and a lot of visitors. Theater view on theater glacier is good.

Rocky riverbed path to the glacier. Amazing waterfalls along the way, some you can walk up to. Glacier is magnificent. Would recommend a helicopter hike if you have time and money - only way to actually hike in the glacier

trail running
2 months ago

It’s a nice little stroll I guess, and worth an hour or two if you’re stopping in Franz Josef, however the glacier is underwhelming to say the least. I know it has shrunk a good deal in the last few decades which is a shame, but it basically just looks like a dirty snowdrift and it’s about a kilometre from the lookout point. This track is hella easy so I have no doubt it is crowded in peak season.

To easy to busy

very nice view at the waterfall lots of beautiful trees Bush track is in good condition for hiking trails

Easy walk to (near) the base of the glacier. The track is really well maintained and great to walk on. If you're only stopping by in Franz Josef thus is a good little out and back walk to do.

pretty lake trail

8 months ago

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
9 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!!

hiking
Saturday, January 20, 2018

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

hiking
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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
Thursday, August 17, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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!

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

on Hokitika Gorge

hiking
23 days ago

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