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The Lake Wombat Track leads you through a lush rimu forest to the idyllic Lake Wombat.

Track overview

3.8 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Track to Lake Wombat. Photo: K Henderson.
Track to Lake Wombat

Lake Wombat is a fern-lined walk which climbs steadily from the car park through rimu forest to a peaceful lake. 

Termed a kettle lake, Lake Wombat was formed by the melting of a huge piece of ice left amidst glacial debris about 9000 years ago. 

This walk offers good opportunities for bird watching if you stop quietly along the way. 

Getting there

Drive or walk south from the Franz Josef Waiau township across the Waiho River bridge and turn left onto the Glacier Access Road or Te Ara a Waiau. 

Drive or walk for approximately 2km to where the Lake Wombat walk begins, signposted on the right side of the road.

History and culture

The lake is named after Jack Irwin, alias Wombat Jack, who sluiced for gold in the area in the 1800s.

Know before you go

  • Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre and i-SITE before starting your trip.
  • Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly. 
  • Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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Hokitika Office
Phone:      +64 3 756 9100
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