Best wildlife trails in Whataroa, West Coast

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Explore the most popular wildlife 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 wildlife trails in Whataroa, West Coast
Top trails (12)
#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 - Tatare Tunnels Track
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 57 m
#5 - Mount Fox Trail
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
This hike is a scramble to the summit. It is definitely a hard hike using your whole body to climb up roots. There is a glacier river (drinkable) about 30-45mins out. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Be prepared for lots of deep muddy spots towards the summit. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/mount-fox-route/Show more
#6 - Okarito Beach Trail to Kohuamarua Bluff
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#7 - 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
#8 - Sentinel Rock Trail
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#9 - Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#10 - Haast to Jackson Bay
Whataroa, West Coast, New Zealand
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Length: 27.4 mi
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