Best forest trails in Whataroa, West Coast

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Explore the most popular forest trails near Whataroa 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 forest trails in Whataroa, West Coast
Top trails (8)
#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 - Tatare Tunnels Track
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 57 m
#4 - Callery Gorge
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
A fairly pretty little rainforest trail with a chance for deer sightings. Culminates with a good lookout from a bridge over the rushing Callery River. The track starts no more than a few hundred metres from most accommodation in town, so it’s a good way to start a morning or finish an eveningShow more
#5 - Franz Josef Glacier Trail [CLOSED]
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 weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre before starting your trip. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/franz-josef-glacier-ka-roimata-o-hine-hukarere-walk/Show more
#6 - Terrace Walk
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 29 m
This family-friendly track is a great introduction to the Glacier Region's rainforest. After dark, take a torch with you to spot bright glow-worms under and around large fallen trees on the path. Show more
#7 - Pakihi Walk
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 21 m
Enjoy views of the surrounding area on this quick bush walk through a pakihi swamp.Show more
#8 - Fox Glacier [CLOSED]
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Please note: There is a long term closure in place for both the Fox Glacier Valley access road and walking track due to landslide. This is a half day hike up the Fox Glacier in New Zealand; which is about 25 kilometers away from another, similar hiking option - the Franz Josef Glacier. The trail starts off in a really stunning river valley (more impressive than the valley that approaches the Franz Josef glacier) and eventually climbs up along side the glacier.  You will see stunning views of the valley from on top of the glacier as well as the surrounding mountains as well as numerous ice features. Show more