View from Mount Tuhua Track

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This is a steep tramp to the open tussock peak of Mt. Tuhua (1125 m) and is suitable for fit people only.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

7 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track begins at Lake Kaniere, from the southern end of Hans Bay. The signposted entrance is on the southern side of Tuhua Creek Bridge.  

This track to the open tussock peak of Mt Tuhua (1,125 m) is steep and is suitable for fit trampers only. The track is marked with orange triangles for its entire length. Check weather and track conditions before setting out.

Getting there

From Hokitika head east along Lake Kaniere Road for 19 km. This road meets the lake at 'The Landing'. The road forks at this point, the right road heads to 'Sunny Bight' and the other is Dorothy Falls Road which takes you around the east side of the lake past Hans Bay. 

Know before you go

  • You should take strong comfortable tramping boots, warm clothing, as well as spare clothing and a good water proof raincoat.
  • Remember to take plenty of water with you and high energy food.
  • The trip should not be attempted in bad or cloudy weather, as it will become difficult to locate the track markers on the open tussock tops; you will also miss the spectacular panorama of The Southern Alps, Lake Kaniere, Hokitika and the coastal plains.
  • You will require topographical Map J33 Kaniere. 

For track conditions, maps, weather forecasts and more information on the area contact the local DOC office.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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