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Follow the Terrace Walk as it winds through forest and goes by remnants of past goldmining operations. Take a torch at night to see glow-worms in the forest.

Track overview

1.8 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

30 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Terrace Walk.
Terrace Walk

This easy walk winds a short way along the bush-clad terraces at the south end of the village. The walk provides a good introduction to the rainforest of the Glacier Region.

There is no access beyond the bridge due to a slip and you will need to return the way you came.

Take a torch and explore this walk at night to see glow-worms in the forest, especially under and around large fallen trees alongside the track.

Getting there

The walk starts off State Highway 6, at the southern end of Franz Josef village near the 'Our Lady of the Alps' church on the left hand side of the road heading south towards Fox Glacier.  The track entrance has a very small parking area, but there is plenty of parking in town just a short walk away.

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.


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
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