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.
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 Charming Creek valley.
The trail passes through old railway tunnels (some up to 30 metres long) and over several bridges. One suspension bridge provides spectacular vistas of the impressive Mangatini Falls.
At the base of the falls, look for the large, daisy-like clemisia morganii flowers. Walkers may also catch sight of the rare, and very large, native carnivorous snail - powelliphanta, known for its beautiful 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.
For a shorter option start at the Hector end and hike for about one hour to the Mangatini Falls.
This track can be walked in either direction, follow SH67 from Westport for the starting points.
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