Charming Creek Walking Trail

3 hrs (one way)

9 km


  • Waterfall and gorges
  • Suspension Bridge


  • By car: 26 mins from Westport
  • By car: 3 hrs 40 mins from Nelson


This is a dual walking/mountain biking track.

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

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Beach at Charming Creek, West Coast

By Gay Sweeney

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Charming Creek Walkway, West Coast

By J Kennett

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Charming Creek Walkway, West Coast

By Seabird NZ

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Sunset at Charming Creek, West Coast

By Charming Creek Bed and Breakfast

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.


Alternative Route:

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

Department of Conservation

Click the link below for more information and detailed maps about this hike.

Charming Creek Walkway

More information

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.
  • This is a shared use Mountain Bike trail.

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