As it turns out there are still more easy access walks on South Island, and this is the third post in which I continue describing additional walks. You can read first post here and the second post here.
Today I will concentrate on the West Coast of the South Island.
1. Seal Colony Walk, Cape Foulwind
Located 12 km south of Westport this walk goes near densely populated seal colony and also presents a wonderful views of the coast. From mid-November you will be able to see seal pups. This walk is about 400 meters of gravel surface with some gentle climbs. Suitable for wheelchairs.
2. Colls Dam Walk, Nelson Creek
This is a 1860’s gold mining site with good examples of tail races, tunnels and water races, in addition to a dramatic lookout above the historic dam. This walk is 1.2 kilometers long (takes about 1 hour to complete). Location – 29 km north of Greymouth, Gows Creek Rd car park. Suitable for mountain buggies and walkers but not wheelchairs.
3. Dolomite Point Walk, Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki
Located at Punakaiki Village this is one of the most popular walks of the south island. It goes through nikau palms to viewing platforms and shows the amazing limestone layers. Watch waves force water up blowholes creating powerful geysers and dramatic noises at high tide. This walk is fully accessible with no impediments apart from single path with no wheelchair access (signposted). Length – 900 meters.
4. Rakaitane Walk, Arnold River Bridge
View Lake Brunner from the bridge then walk to a little sandy beach. Beautiful podocarp forest lines the track.
Length – 1.1km/30 min. Location: Anua St, Moana on Lake Brunner, southeast of Greymouth. Accessible for wheelchairs.
Lake Brunner. photo by Thomas Cuelho
5. Tawhai Walk, Tawhai picnic area
Enjoy a short walk through mature tawhai forest with ferns and many native birds, including the rare kakariki (parakeet). Located on SH7 south of Reefton this walk is only 235 meters long accessible for wheelchairs. But keep in mind that toilets there have no wheelchair access.
6. Kahikatea Walk, Lake Kaniere
This walk features towering kahikatea trees and views of Mt Tuhua and the lake. Listen for kakariki, kaka, robin and bellbird. Location – 19km east of Hokitika, Lake Kaniere Rd. Start at the Sunny Bight picnic area. Accessible for wheelchair.
Lake Kaniere. photo by Andrew Turner
I hope you enjoy these easy but very beautiful walks and spend a great day outdoors!