Peters Pool

Peters Pool - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Peters Pool

Westland Tai Poutini National Park



5 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

238 Walking

12 Franz Josef Glacier

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1.1 km return | 25 minutes return

A kettle hole lake with mirror-like reflections of the mountains on a clear day.

A great little place for some solid contemplation.


The start of the track is signposted from the road end car park at Franz Josef Glacier.


This wheelchair friendly track meanders to a bench and viewing area by the pool.

For a longer walk you can continue on the Douglas Walk (1 hour return 3.9 km), passing Douglas Suspension Bridge.

Return on Te Ara a Waiai (shared with mountain bikes)


Peters Pool occupies a kettle hole - a depression left by a broken off ice-block from the retreating glacier, which melted in situ.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Walking
  • Free



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Myriam Ackermann


Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk in the forest, we saw and heard different birds, a one way walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Fabian Probst


Ranking: 7/10

Nice bush walk, lots of birds, very ugly toilets, good information, not very good view of the glacier.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Theo Mallais

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing. Don't miss it moreover because it's 25 minutes return.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Pascale Lemieux


Ranking: 10/10

Best hike the South Island. Difficult, it had rained for a few days before we got there so the river crossings were hard to not get our feet wet. The walk is long and steep but begins with one of my favourite images of the glacier (Peter's Pool). The glacier in the Mirror Lake and finishes with a close up of the glacier without a crowd.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Paul & Michelle Harmer

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Says 25min return walk suitable for wheelchairs. We did it with a baby in a baby carrier and there is no sign when you get to the pool the walk has ended - tracks continue on for other walks. If pool is clear you get a fantastic reflection of the glacier.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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