Best bird watching trails in West Coast, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in West Coast with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in West Coast, New Zealand
Top trails (41)
#1 - 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. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/roberts-point-track/Show more
#2 - 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 glacier, mountains, and ocean at the top are so worth it! https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/alex-knob-track/Show more
#3 - 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-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/lake-matheson-walk/Show more
#4 - Punakaiki Pancake Rocks Loop
Paparoa National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
A popular picturesque paved stroll to the Punakaiki "pancake" rocks and a surge pool with interesting interpretive signage along the way. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least three feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated 5% or less except for steep 10% sections at about 0.4 and 0.5 miles when going counterclockwise). Some of the viewpoints require staircases for access.Show more
#5 - 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-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/tracks/hokitika-gorge-walk/Show more
#6 - 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-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/pororari-river-tracks/Show more
#7 - 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 traffic in the area and can allow for some seclusion. Please note that parking is on the inside of a curve so be careful of traffic. Show more
#8 - Coal Creek Track
Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
#9 - Lake Daniell Track
Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
#10 - Okarito Beach Trail to Kohuamarua Bluff
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
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