Moria Gate Arch Walk

Moria Gate Arch Walk


15 Rankers Reviews

13 Face-to-Face

5 Karamea

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Rivers ran red with Dwarfs blood


1 hr return

This is stunning country. Lord of the Rings styles and you almost expect to see a Dwarf or hobbit around each corner. The only thing that might put you off is the drive in - it's a long winding road.
In lord of the Rings Moria (Black Chasm) was the name given to a vast network of tunnels, chambers, mines and huge halls, that ran under the Misty Mountains, and home to the Dwarf clan known as the Longbeards.
All three of the short tracks in close proximity, Moria Gate, Oparara Arch and Mirror Tarn are well worth a look.


Feature Value Info


DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastKaramea


  • Walking
  • Free


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AC Koopal

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice walks. The road is only for max 2.8m tall cars (so no RV) amd quite narrow and bumpy with some washboards. We did it with a campervan (Jucy Chaser Hittop) amd it was doable but a confident driver is important.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ingrid Maple


Ranking: 9/10

Very easy and short walks suitable for all levels of fitness. Absolutely stunning landscape and rivers along the well formed tracks.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Monica Francia


Ranking: 9/10

Mostly well signposted through thick rainforest walks. Gorgeous. Walks to the Mirror Tarn and Moria Arch and Oparara Arch were all stunning.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk to the arch, the arch is stunning! Take repellant because there are lots of sandflies. Can be slippery, so stay on the paths and be safe!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jenna Kuittinen


Ranking: 9/10

Good tracks, amazing spider cave.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sara and Antoine


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful bush walk and an amazing huge arch with a river flowing through it and pretty cool stalactites and stalagmites.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Steve Barnwell


Ranking: 9/10

The narrow bumpy drive in to this DOC managed area was well worth it. In particular, the Moria Gate Arch track was a superb one hour walk through beautiful forest to a breathtaking natural arch.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Markus Delinsky


Ranking: 10/10

Exciting road to carpark - not good for motorhomes because of potholes. Nice, easy walks to the stunning arches. Beautiful scenery and a lot to discover here.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Colin Webster

South Africa

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful nature, a great variety of trees, landscapes and views.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Lydia Holleman


Ranking: 9/10

Bit of a drive from Westport and an easy and short track but very nice.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Ranking: 9/10

The closest thing to Pandora (the planet on Avatar movie) I have ever seen.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Well maintained tracks, good signposting, great views, recommended.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Colin Morbey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A good unsealed road into Kahurangi National park. Many long walking tracks. We only did the short ones (Free!)

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Cymen Crick

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