Waitangitaona Wetland Walk

Track category

Easy access short walk


20 min


View from Waitangitaona.  Photo: Donna Shield.
View from Waitangitaona Wetland
The Waitangitaona Wetland Walk is an easy walk through a regenerating kahikatea forest and flax wetland.

On a good day viewing platforms provide visitors with spectacular views of the Southern Alps Kā Tiritiri o te Moana and the wider wetland area.

Getting there

From Whataroa, follow Whataroa Flat Road for approximately 9 km. Then turn left and follow a gravel road over the Waitangitaona River to the start of the track, opposite White Heron Tours Jetty.

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.

Find out more


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for West Coast places


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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Franz Josef Glacier Base
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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