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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.


14 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly


Ranking: 7/10

Interesting walk. First time seeing swing bridges. But the weather was bad which caused to water to be brownish instead of the beautiful blue it is known for.

Reviewed 28 days ago

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 about 1 year ago

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Martin Sajdok


Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful and breathtaking.

Reviewed over 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 almost 3 years ago

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Chew (Peter)


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed almost 3 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 almost 3 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Ton Franke


Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic gorge and swing bridge.

Reviewed almost 3 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

Lomas's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth short walk for the views.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Ranking: 10/10

Part of it is new - a very interesting walk.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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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