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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

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.


28 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

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Angharad Lloyd


Ranking: 9/10

After a short walk, you are rewarded with stunning bright turquoise water. It is colder than you imagine when you paddle in it though!

Reviewed 15 days ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Absolute must do!

Reviewed 22 days ago

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Ross Clark


Ranking: 9/10

A good vigorous walk beside the river with a great swing bridge and a lookout with steps down onto rocks and a tiny beach.

Reviewed 28 days ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful walk, one of the most impressive water colours I have ever seen! Perfect to go for a swim, magical place when the sun is out!

Reviewed 29 days ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Stunning blue river with a nice swing bridge.

Reviewed 29 days ago and experienced in February 2016

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Brenda Oomen


Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk, with a cool swing bridge, blue water was very nice to look at and make pictures of.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sam Creecy


Ranking: 8/10

Although it was raining when I walked the track, it was still a great experience - over the swing bridge as well as the way in!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in March 2016

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Wil Goes


Ranking: 8/10

A short walk to a beautiful gorge! The gorge and the water is just stunning. Lake Kaniwere is nice to visit afterwards and have lunch on the side of the lake.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Take your swimmers! Awesome location to go for a swim.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Yarden Oliva


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place although it is a detour from the road of about 30km. I would say it is worth the time and fuel.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Grace and Maria

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place, it has a swing bridge and lovely bright blue/green water.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Nicole and Elliott


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing! Signs to the Gorge were very clear and easy to follow. Really blue clear water. A hidden gem!

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in December 2015

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Nicola Wiggan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The scenery in New Zealand just continues to amaze me but this little spot was just beautiful. Nice little walk over a swing bridge over crazy blue water surrounded by limestone rocks and greenery - not to be missed.

Reviewed 6 months ago