IntroductionHarihari Coastal Walkway is one of the most scenic walkways on the West Coast, with spectacular views of forest, rivers, mountains and coastline.
Harihari Coastal Walk view
Enjoy spectacular views while walking through estuaries, bogs and also a swamp forest.
The track features remnants of old pack tracks, an old log tramway and whitebaiters huts.
Take your fishing gear to the Wanganui River mouth. It's a great place for whitebaiting, angling and eeling.
Harihari is 72 km southeast of Hokitika on SH6.
From Harihari turn right onto Wanganui Flat Road, then turn left and follow La Fontaine Road to the road end carpark, approximately 20 km drive.
- The beach and Wanganui River estuary section of track are only suitable within 2 hours of low tide. Check the tide times posted at the start of the walk.
- The seaward end of the Wanganui River section is rougher than the rest of the circuit, so take care with your footing.
- 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.
A variety of birdlife, and vegetation, is often observed, especially in the lagoon and mudflats at the mouth of the Wanganui River.