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South IslandWest CoastHokitika

Time: 2 min to bridge + 5 min scramble on riverside

Magnificent granite gorge with milky blue-green pools, backed by cliffs and a beautiful rimu forest. This area (a bit further up the gorge) is very popular with white water kayakers - extremeness.

The drive to the Gorge passes several West Coast dairy farms and a memorial to the victims of the Stanley Graham shootings.

Take care on south bank track.

This area is the start of a few other longer 1-3 day walks.

Couldn't really get much bluer....!

Couldn't really get much bluer....!

Ewan Munro

Hokitika Gorge

Hokitika Gorge

Seth Mazow

swim anyone

swim anyone

Judith Bishop

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42 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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Cefa

Ranking: 10/10

This is what started out to be the first of many swing bridges on our South Island Trip.
What a way to start....The drive there is nice, until we got to the entrance..They are working on the road and car parks, which by the looks of them really needed it, so I'm not gonna complain, just take extra care. The walk to the bridge is awesome, nice short and not too much of a steep grade. Perfect for those of us with disabilities The view from the look out is awesome and well worth the drive out there. The water I thought was amazing, but a local told us it was Milky..either way it was cool.

Reviewed 17 days ago

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Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

One of my favorite places for a dip/swim! The water is too beautiful to deny on a hot, sunny day. Cold? Yes. Do-able? Totally. Don't be a pussy. The sandflies will eat you alive, so either cover up or keep moving! Witnessed some bridge-jumpers and monkey-style bridge-crossings - not advisable activities for the average visitor, but fun to be had for those who are capable. If you plan on having a picnic, don't leave your food scraps on the rocks you filthy foreign fucks! Sitting on the primo photo spot while you dip chips is fine, but consider the next visitors before you ruin their experience of paradise with your sloppy guacamole and salsa everywhere. Don't give a fuck that it's 'biodegradable' - bad karma bro. Drive there is nice. Plenty of parking, but when it's busy it can be tight and difficult on sloped gravel for larger 2wd motorhomes.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jozef Pinkerton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

So beautiful. The drive was great, through lots of farmland. The actual gorge is lovely. Water so blue. Easy walk there.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Danielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The water is so blue. The bridge was a little bit shaky, but an adventure! Standing on the big rock in the bay was/felt great.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in January 2017

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Short track close to Hokitika. Beautiful blue pools with swing bridge.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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MARK CURPHEY

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A short 20-30 minute walk on a well maintained trail. Plenty of parking. WCs available in the carpark. The Gorge is beautiful.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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victor diego

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful bridge over turquoise water. Easy and short walk. Nice spot!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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deborah cooper

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This place is stunningly beautiful. We saw the Gorge on a drizzly overcast horrible day, and it was amazing. Can only imagine what it looks like on a sunny day. Our favourite place in all of New Zealand.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Anouk Goemans

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice walk and swingbridge, but the water was not as blue-green as expected.....maybe because of all the rainfall but we were a bit disappointed given all the promising pictures at the i-Site and on the flyers.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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CMG

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely worth the drive! A wonderful walk to an impressive granite gorge with stunning blue pools, and great swing bridge. Epic and picturesque!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Leonie Kaufmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful swing bridge and crystal clear water. Many sandflies.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very easy walk. A beautiful bridge under a beautiful turquoise water. Nice spot!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Damian

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

It might rain most of the time but is a beautiful short walk to a clear river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

42 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

Cefa's avatar

Cefa

Ranking: 10/10

This is what started out to be the first of many swing bridges on our South Island Trip.
What a way to start....The drive there is nice, until we got to the entrance..They are working on the road and car parks, which by the looks of them really needed it, so I'm not gonna complain, just take extra care. The walk to the bridge is awesome, nice short and not too much of a steep grade. Perfect for those of us with disabilities The view from the look out is awesome and well worth the drive out there. The water I thought was amazing, but a local told us it was Milky..either way it was cool.

Reviewed 17 days ago

Katrina's avatar

Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

One of my favorite places for a dip/swim! The water is too beautiful to deny on a hot, sunny day. Cold? Yes. Do-able? Totally. Don't be a pussy. The sandflies will eat you alive, so either cover up or keep moving! Witnessed some bridge-jumpers and monkey-style bridge-crossings - not advisable activities for the average visitor, but fun to be had for those who are capable. If you plan on having a picnic, don't leave your food scraps on the rocks you filthy foreign fucks! Sitting on the primo photo spot while you dip chips is fine, but consider the next visitors before you ruin their experience of paradise with your sloppy guacamole and salsa everywhere. Don't give a fuck that it's 'biodegradable' - bad karma bro. Drive there is nice. Plenty of parking, but when it's busy it can be tight and difficult on sloped gravel for larger 2wd motorhomes.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jozef Pinkerton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

So beautiful. The drive was great, through lots of farmland. The actual gorge is lovely. Water so blue. Easy walk there.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Danielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The water is so blue. The bridge was a little bit shaky, but an adventure! Standing on the big rock in the bay was/felt great.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in January 2017

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Short track close to Hokitika. Beautiful blue pools with swing bridge.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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MARK CURPHEY

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A short 20-30 minute walk on a well maintained trail. Plenty of parking. WCs available in the carpark. The Gorge is beautiful.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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victor diego

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful bridge over turquoise water. Easy and short walk. Nice spot!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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deborah cooper

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This place is stunningly beautiful. We saw the Gorge on a drizzly overcast horrible day, and it was amazing. Can only imagine what it looks like on a sunny day. Our favourite place in all of New Zealand.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Anouk Goemans

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice walk and swingbridge, but the water was not as blue-green as expected.....maybe because of all the rainfall but we were a bit disappointed given all the promising pictures at the i-Site and on the flyers.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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CMG

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely worth the drive! A wonderful walk to an impressive granite gorge with stunning blue pools, and great swing bridge. Epic and picturesque!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Leonie Kaufmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful swing bridge and crystal clear water. Many sandflies.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very easy walk. A beautiful bridge under a beautiful turquoise water. Nice spot!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Damian

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

It might rain most of the time but is a beautiful short walk to a clear river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016