3 Hrs 9.5 km (one way)


  • Waterfall and gorges
  • Suspension bridge



This is a dual walking/mountain biking track.

Hike along a disused railway line through tunnels, over bridges and along deep gorges. Enjoy native forest, waterfalls and sweeping views.

West Coast
Charming Creek Walking Trail, West Coast

From the old mining settlement of Seddonville, this walkway follows an abandoned private railway line, once used to haul timber and coal out of the valley. 

You will pass through old railway tunnels and over several bridges, with one offering spectacular vistas of Mangatini Falls. At the base of the falls, look for the large, daisy-like clemisia morganii flowers and the rare, native snail - powelliphanta - known for its shiny shell.

The sheer bluffs in the Ngakawau Gorge and immense river boulders of the Ngakawau River create a dramatic final section as the track nears the seaside town of Hector.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

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Alternative route

For a shorter option start at the Hector end and hike for about one hour to Mangatini Falls.

Getting there

This track can be walked in either direction, follow SH67 from Westport for the starting points.

  • South end: Follow the signposts at Ngakawau. 
  • North end: From Seddonville follow Charming Creek Road to the abandoned mine site. 

Need to know

  • Drinking from the streams is not advisable due to the high mineral content.
  • For your own safety keep away from old mine tunnels and shafts.
  • This is a shared-use mountain bike trail.

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