Smoothwater Bay Track

Smoothwater Bay Track

Jackson Bay


2 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

20 Haast

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Ruggedness on Smoothwater Bay Track


Time: 1 hr 30 min - 2 hr

This track offers a variety of terrain. For the first 45 minutes it follows an old pioneer's track until the Smoothwater River is reached. The more adventurous will continue down this clear-flowing river, keeping to the riverbed. The reward for 40 minutes of wet feet is the beauty and solitude of Smoothwater Bay. Sturdy footwear recommended.


Feature Value Info


DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastHaast


  • Walking
  • Free


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heather newby

New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

My husband and I went on the Smoothwater bay track,The first part to the Smoothwater River was Ok but the second part to the bay along a track was seriously difficult! we had to negotiate slips and a multitude of rain swollen streams and what there was of a 'track" was mud sodden or sinking sand.I`m glad I did it however,, but I would never do it again. We were exhausted! It`s not a track for the fainthearted. I can`t imagine how the pioneers managed in that rain soaked wilderness.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Kerry Wood's avatar

Kerry Wood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Remote and lovely.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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