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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.

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

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Leonie Kaufmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful swing bridge and crystal clear water. Many sandflies.

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

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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.

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Wayne Brew

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic views and not crowded. Beautiful water. Watch out for sandflies at the bottom.

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Angharad Lloyd

England

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!

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Shay

Ranking: 10/10

Absolute must do!

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Ross Clark

Australia

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.

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Lisa

Germany

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!

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Elisabet

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning blue river with a nice swing bridge.

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Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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

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Sam Creecy

Australia

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!

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Wil Goes

Netherlands

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.

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Lena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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