Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve

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4.5 from 18 users.

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Enjoy excellent views of the blue-green waters of the Hokitika River as it makes its way through the rock sided Hokitika Gorge - this short, easy walk is a great option for kids. 650 m one way - 15 minutes. From the car park, follow the walking track for a few minutes through dense podocarp/hardwood forest before emerging onto a viewing platform. From here you can look down to the stunning Hokitika Gorge and out to the lush farmland of Kowhitirangi. This part of the track is accessible for wheelchairs. From the viewing platform, continue for another 6 minutes along the curving boardwalks and you will reach a swing bridge. From here there are excellent views of the blue-green waters of the Hokitika River as it makes its way through the rock sided Hokitika Gorge. For good views further up the gorge, cross the swing bridge and when you come to the end of it turn left (straight ahead leads to private farmland). The track continues for another 200 m through the bush to another viewing platform with looking out to the gorge upstream of the bridge. No dogs.

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Lat: -42.956238 Lng: 171.019593

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Lyncovelli

Absolutely stunning today. Did both short walks.

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LottieGC96

The first swing bridge is closed currently, along with a chunk of the circuit walk. Most of the walk is still accessible and I'd say worth the drive. If you go early to avoid the crowds, be aware that a lot of the gorge is still in the shade so the river won't look bright blue.

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EdenFraser

Amazing. So so so worth it. Water was cold but swim was awesome and highly recommend. Can imagine it gets busy but we were lucky to get there on a nice day with minimal crowds. Recommend getting there earlyish

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