Hokitika Gorge Walk

Hokitika Gorge Walk has been partially boarded to provide easy access and safety.

Gorge Boardwalk

Hokitika Gorge Boardwalk next to Hokitika River, walk in New Zealand Native Bush on West Coast, South Island

The boardwalk includes an excellent large viewing platform from which visitors can look down the Gorge to the bridge over the blue waters of Hokitika River, and out to the end of the Gorge where the view turns into flat Kowhitirangi farmland with a mountain backdrop.

Hokitika Gorge Walk Photos

The photo images on this page provide a walkthrough of what to expect on the walking track.

Information about Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve and how to get there.

Hokitika Gorge Walk Wooden Bridge

Hokitika Gorge Walk Wooden Bridge, West Coast, New Zealand

The walk takes around 30 minutes to get from the car park down to the swing bridge and return to the car park along the same track.

This makes it an excellent choice for a short walk visit but equally good for enjoying the beautiful gorge sitting around on the rocks by the turquoise water.

  • Viewing Platform 150m / 4 min
  • Swing Bridge 450m / 10 min
  • River Edge 650m / 15 min

Boarded Walking Track on Side of the Gorge

Board Walking Track on Side of Hokitika Gorge, West Coast, New Zealand

The whole track is well maintained for the duration of the walk, with parts being a sturdy boardwalk and part being hard stone gravel. The car park has ample room, except at the busiest season of the year, and there are toilet facilities there.

Gravel Walking Track at Hokitika Gorge

Gravel Walking Track at Hokitika Gorge, New Zealand Walks

The boardwalk makes the Gorge Walk accessible to all types of visitors.

Without the boarded parts of the track it would not be walkable due to the steep and treacherous sides of the Gorge, and what would also otherwise be a slippery and dangerous track.

Viewing Platform Overlooking Hokitika River - Part of the Boardwalk

Viewing Platform Overlooking Hokitika River - Part of the Boardwalk, New Zealand

The hard work carried out on this walking track is very much appreciated as it makes this stunning part of the New Zealand landscape accessible for many more people to enjoy.

Gorge Walk Bridge Across Uneven Ground

Hokitika Gorge Walk Bridge on Boardwalk, New Zealand

Fenced Board Walk Track on Steep Side of the Gorge

Fenced Boardwalk track on steep side of Hokitika Gorge Walk, West Coast, New Zealand

View to Swing Bridge from Viewing Platform

View to Swing Bridge from Viewing Platform on Hokitika Gorge Walk, New Zealand

Additional Information

View from Gorge Car Park

View from Hokitika Gorge Car Park, New Zealand

  • There is no public transport to Hokitika Gorge. Instructions for getting to the gorge.
  • There is no mobile or cell phone reception.
  • There is no drinking water, or there wasn’t when I was there, so take your own food and drink.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the scenic reserve or on the walk track.
  • If the car park is full there are usually spaces on the side of the road approaching the car park.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle when going on any walks.

All about Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve.

Hokitika and West Coast

Hokitika Town and things to do

Hokitika Beach

Hokitika Attractions

Hokitika Walks

Hokitika Campsites and Accommodation

West Coast of the South Island