Hokitika Gorge Walk

Hokitika Gorge Walk

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Em

Ranking: 10/10

DO NOT RECOMMEND GOING TODAY. Roads are very flooded and more rain is due. Would likely make it there but very likely you’ll get stuck getting back after more rain. Currently rivers running over the roads. 14/11/19

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

18Oct18. We come here every trip. A change since our last visit. A lot of work done here and, I think, nearly finished.
The car park has improves, mostly. The original bit is very rutted and our whale of a van wallowed horribly. Round the corner it is better and there is a larger park not yet open.
The walk to the bridge looks better and the walk from the bridge down to the river’s edge is better. Noticeably more people here than either of our previous visits.
The water was a beautiful colour, unlike last time. The weather and other factors play a part in that.
Worth the longish ride out there.

Tip. If going to Lake Kaniere from here, be aware that there are about 10k’s of narrow, gravel road around the south end of the lake past Dorothy Falls down to Hans Bay

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Pete

Ranking: 10/10

Nearly didn't bother driving the 33km off the main highway but so glad we did. Some road works 15km out & also at the carpark but easy drive. Beautiful countryside drive & awesome swing bridge over the aqua coloured river.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Cefa

Ranking: 10/10

This is what started out to be the first of many swing bridges on our South Island Trip.
What a way to start....The drive there is nice, until we got to the entrance..They are working on the road and car parks, which by the looks of them really needed it, so I'm not gonna complain, just take extra care. The walk to the bridge is awesome, nice short and not too much of a steep grade. Perfect for those of us with disabilities The view from the look out is awesome and well worth the drive out there. The water I thought was amazing, but a local told us it was Milky..either way it was cool.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

One of my favorite places for a dip/swim! The water is too beautiful to deny on a hot, sunny day. Cold? Yes. Do-able? Totally. Don't be a pussy. The sandflies will eat you alive, so either cover up or keep moving! Witnessed some bridge-jumpers and monkey-style bridge-crossings - not advisable activities for the average visitor, but fun to be had for those who are capable. If you plan on having a picnic, don't leave your food scraps on the rocks you filthy foreign fucks! Sitting on the primo photo spot while you dip chips is fine, but consider the next visitors before you ruin their experience of paradise with your sloppy guacamole and salsa everywhere. Don't give a fuck that it's 'biodegradable' - bad karma bro. Drive there is nice. Plenty of parking, but when it's busy it can be tight and difficult on sloped gravel for larger 2wd motorhomes.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jozef Pinkerton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

So beautiful. The drive was great, through lots of farmland. The actual gorge is lovely. Water so blue. Easy walk there.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Danielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The water is so blue. The bridge was a little bit shaky, but an adventure! Standing on the big rock in the bay was/felt great.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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victor diego

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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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!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Leonie Kaufmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful swing bridge and crystal clear water. Many sandflies.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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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!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Shay

Ranking: 10/10

Absolute must do!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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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!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Elisabet

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning blue river with a nice swing bridge.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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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!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Yarden Oliva

Israel

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 over 5 years 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 over 5 years ago

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Nicole and Elliott

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing! Signs to the Gorge were very clear and easy to follow. Really blue clear water. A hidden gem!

Reviewed over 5 years 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 over 5 years ago

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Tom Grigg

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous gorge but the sandflies!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

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 almost 6 years ago

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techno69

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 almost 7 years ago

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Martin Sajdok

Slovakia

Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful and breathtaking.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anna Neuenfeldt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful, easy to reach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

beautiful! Not many tourists

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Chew (Peter)

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 8 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 8 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Ton Franke

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic gorge and swing bridge.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Stephanie Wirthlin

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gordon Agent

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

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

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lomas

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth short walk for the views.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Yona

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Part of it is new - a very interesting walk.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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JonK

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 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Nicole

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Newly made very nice loop walk, awesome gorge

Reviewed over 11 years ago