The West Coast's two largest glaciers – Fox and Franz Josef – extend almost to sea level, making parts of them easily accessible for walking and hiking.
There are several ways to experience the glaciers, including the spectacular Franz Josef Walk – a moderate 1 ½ hour return walk up the glacier valley. You can also walk to the terminus of either glacier, or hike through the bush to a viewing point.
Visit the spectacular Paparoa National Park on the Porari River Track, another brief walk that lasts for 1 hour or just under. Pass between dramatic limestone cliffs and take in the views of sub-tropical forest.
The Ship Creek walk near the Haast township provides an insight into ancient Kahikatea swamp forest, with a boardwalk providing easy viewing of the forest. Keep on walking to the dune lake where you'll find magnificent views of the windswept coastline.
The access to this track is currently closed.
There are two sections on this walkway, one to Tauranga Bay, the other to Cape Foulwind lighthouse.
The access road and tracks can be closed due to rock falls or flooded rivers.
Dawn and dusk are the best viewing times as the lake is generally calm.
This is a dual walking/mountain biking track.
This area also has mountain bike and 4WD trails.