30 min return from car park
1.8 km return from car park
This easy walk winds a short way along the bush-clad terraces at the south end of the village. The walk provides a good introduction to the rainforest of the Glacier Region. There is no access beyond the bridge due to a slip and you will need to return the way you came.
Take a torch and explore this walk at night to see glow-worms in the forest, especially under and around large fallen trees alongside the track.
The walk starts off State Highway 6, just two minutes walk from the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre and i-SITE. Park at the Visitor Centre and cross the highway – the track entrance (with a very small parking area) is approximately 50 metres south of ‘Our Lady of the Alps’ church.
Places to stay
There are a number of accommodation options in Franz Josef Waiau.
Plan and prepare
- Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre and i-SITE before starting your trip.
- Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly.
- Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.
- Dogs are not permitted on this track.