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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.


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

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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 17 days ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago

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Tom Grigg


Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous gorge but the sandflies!

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in January 2015

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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 7 months ago

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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 over 1 year ago

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Martin Sajdok


Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful and breathtaking.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anna Neuenfeldt


Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful, easy to reach.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Hanneke P


Ranking: 8/10

beautiful! Not many tourists

Reviewed about 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 over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2012