Harihari Coastal Walkway is one of the most scenic walkways on the West Coast, with spectacular views of forest, rivers, mountains and coastline.

Track overview

7.6 km loop

Walking and tramping

2 hr 45 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs


About this track


Harihari Coastal Walk view. Photo: K Henderson.
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.

Getting there

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.

Nature and conservation

A variety of birdlife, and vegetation, is often observed, especially in the lagoon and mudflats at the mouth of the Wanganui River.

Know before you go

  • 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.
  • 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 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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