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Best trails in Westland Tai Poutini National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 12 easy trails in Westland Tai Poutini National Park ranging from 0.6 to 7.1 miles and from 16 to 1,138 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Westland Tai Poutini National Park has tall mountains with forested slopes. There are gorges and thick glaciers including the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy the different tracks as you explore the park.

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#1 - Franz Josef Glacier Trail
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 wShow more
#2 - 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. httpShow more
#3 - 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 gShow more
#4 - 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-Show more
#5 - Welcome Flat Hut via Copland Track
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
Beautiful vistas, lush moss covering rocks and trees, water falls, streams, rivers and best of all natural hot pools at your destination. This is a popular trail. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-reShow more
#6 - Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Follow the south bank of the Fox River, through rainforest, to come to a glacier viewpoint.Show more
#7 - 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 hiShow more
#8 - Peter's Pool Walk
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
Peter's Pool Walk is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whataroa, West Coast, New Zealand that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily usShow more
#9 - Okarito Beach Trail to Kohuamarua Bluff
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
Okarito Beach Trail to Kohuamarua Bluff is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whataroa, West Coast, New Zealand that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all sShow more
#10 - Mount Fox
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
Mount Fox is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whataroa, West Coast, New Zealand and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature tripShow more
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