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.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful discoveries at every turn! Walk out on the beach and check out the caves and waterfalls.

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flooded
washed out
10 days ago

Good walk, quite a few ups and downs. Trail was very muddy and in some places you can find yourself ankle deep in mud. You can get around the mud, stepping on roots and rocks but its gets a little tricky. Other than that great walk and the views over Lake Brunner is awesome.

Awesome trail to the melting and famous Franz Josef Glacier. If trail running (or just in general) be careful on the second half up to the glacier as it is rocky and uneven with a few river crossings. Gorgeous 3+ mile run with hills and obstacles. Obviously very popular so better in the morning or off season. I went in the rain and had a blast! Global warming is alarming here, and the most evident ive ever seen with my own eyes. This is point source to its finest. Sad, and yet so true.

No glacier view, closed because of landslide

Beautiful scenery but there were quite a few people.

hiking
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

The track is open and beautiful with lots of birds snd nature. The view at the end is amazing. Unfortunately the helicopters flying noisy all the time above the track, therefore I am not fully fan of the track We did the track with our kids 7/9 in 6,5h and can not fully recommend the track for persons with short legs due to rocks and slippery surfaces.

a bit crowded. recommend going early in the morning. very nice walk if you don’t mind the constant buzz of helicopters. makes you sad about climate change though

hiking
1 month ago

forget about the tunnel... we started the walk with our kids (7/9) by sunset, got wet feet in the tunnel as expected and found finally lots of glowworms and an possum in the forest on the way back

hiking
1 month ago

What a fun walk! Awesome scenes along the beach.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

slippery when wet

This is an accessible hike through an enchanting forest of tall moss covered trees. There is a bit of incline at moments, but nothing too dramatic. It's bordered by a river almost the whole time and leads to a nice lake at the end. There is a cabin at the lake, but it's under construction so unavailable it would seem. There are certain parts along the trail where the trail is completely submerged or has turned into a creek, so your feet aren't likely to remain dry.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

It was very muddy, but that was expected after some heavy rain. When you start the track to the summit it gets very steep and you'll have to use your hands to hold on to trees. I was in the clouds at the top, but a bit further down I had an amazing view over Lake Brunner, the ocean and snow covered mountains. Definitely need to be fit and have good shoes for this hike

on Hokitika Gorge

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bugs
1 month ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

My favorite hike on the South Island! ❤️

hiking
2 months ago

Good relaxing walk.

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Currently closed because of active slip, check DOC site

hiking
2 months ago

The hike is open again. Make sure you are kitted out. Not easy as it is long. Views awesome Great achievement

Clean and easy to follow. The trail is past raging River and up to the glacier. Second to none. Enjoy before it is to late

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blowdown
closed
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with beautiful nature and lots of firefly-action! Unfortunately, the exit of the tunnel was closed ... Still recommended!

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