Douglas Walk

Douglas Walk

Westland Tai Poutini National Park


3 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

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Time: 1 hr return

The Douglas Walk is an easy forest walk that passes by the Peters Pool viewpoint and crosses several moraines before descending to the bridge across Dolly Creek on the way back to the road.

The Douglas Walk takes you over glacial landforms formed between 1600 AD and 1750 AD by glacial advances and retreats.

From the glacier road car park, the walk takes you through a succession of vegetation types, each representing a different stage of re-growth behind retreating ice and/or different soil types.

Visit Peters Pool, a reflective kettle lake, and the historic Douglas Bridge.

Getting there
Drive or walk south from the Franz Josef Waiau township across the Waiho River bridge and turn left onto the Glacier Access Road or Te Ara a Waiau.

Drive or walk for approximately 4 km to the car park at the end of the road.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Walking
  • Free


Cameron Tarbotton's avatar

Cameron Tarbotton


Ranking: 8/10

This is an easy one hour walk return to the base of the glacier. Beautiful valley but the view of the glacier is somewhat limited due to recent receding (800m since 2009 I think!).

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Matt Hyland's avatar

Matt Hyland


Ranking: 5/10

First part of walk including Peters Pool and bridge over valley stream okay but loops round and walk back on the road, no view of glacier. Do a return to bridge rather than the loop.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Robert MacLeod-Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very attractive walk - poor signage when crossing glacier access road.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012