Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway
PHOT: Lisa Mills | DOC

Introduction

Walk or cycle through bush from Fox Glacier township to the Fox Glacier car park.

Track overview

8.4 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr 20 min Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

1 hr Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Pick up the track on the left hand side of SH6 south of the Bella Vista Motel. The track enters the forest and follows SH6 for 400 m before turning east and heading into the Fox Glacier Valley. Along this first section of track the Minnehaha Track leaves and then re-joins Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway. Take care at the intersections with the Minnehaha Track – cyclists watch for walkers crossing!

As the track heads up valley it climbs steadily but easily. It joins and then leaves the Fox Glacier Access Road in two places, running along the left hand edge of the road for short distances on a sealed lane marked for walkers and cyclists. Keep off the vehicle lanes.

Cyclist on Te Weheka.
Cyclist on Te Weheka

Where the track joins the Glacier Access Road for the second time, you can cross the road (take care to give way to all traffic and cross carefully) and after leaving your bikes at the car park you can visit the historic swing bridge crossing the Fox River.

Re-joining Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway after the Historic Bridge the track continues on the sealed lane for 500 m before re-entering the forest for the last time. After a short distance the track re-joins the road for the last section to the glacier valley car park. This section of road (known as the causeway) is unsealed, and walkers and cyclists must share space with vehicles. Take care!

Cyclists must leave their bikes at the bike rack at the end of Te Weheka – there is no bike access on any other tracks in the area.  

Getting there

Te Weheka starts from SH6 just south of the Bella Vista Motel on the main road of Fox Glacier township.

Mountain biking

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Know before you go

  • Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre 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.

Contacts

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Email:   hokitika@doc.govt.nz
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
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