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Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve Track

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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.


13 reviews with the most recent first

techno69's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The Hokitika Gorge Walk is signposted from the town centre and is about 30mins drive. A short walk takes you to the lookout, walk a little further to the swingbridge and the end of the track. Beautiful scenery and amazing glacier coloured water make this a must do!

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Martin Sajdok


Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful and breathtaking.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anna Neuenfeldt


Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful, easy to reach.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Hanneke P


Ranking: 8/10

beautiful! Not many tourists

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Chew (Peter)


Ranking: 7/10

Well worth the drive in then drove on other side of gorge.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Stephanie Levepue

French Polynesia

Ranking: 7/10

A really easy way to see little jewels of the bush.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Ton Franke


Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic gorge and swing bridge.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Stephanie Wirthlin


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!! Turquiose water, very cold to swim, not many tourists!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gordon Agent


Ranking: 5/10

Way overrated, seen better blue pools all down the westcoast. Facility was excellent though, well signposted, good access etc.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lomas's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth short walk for the views.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in May 2010

Yona's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Part of it is new - a very interesting walk.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

JonK's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Worth the drive inland to see the amazing turquoise blue waters in the river below, plus the walk across the swing bridge (which is free, unlike @ Buller Gorge).

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Ranking: 10/10

Newly made very nice loop walk, awesome gorge

Reviewed over 5 years ago