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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....!

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

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

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

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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.

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victor diego

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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