Callery Gorge

Image: David Scott Tredinnick | ©

Introduction

Follow the Callery Gorge Walk as it climbs to a high terrace before descending to the Callery River.

Track overview

5.2 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr 20 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The Callery Gorge Walk begins approximately 5 minutes along the Tatare Tunnels Track with a short, gentle climb to a high terrace behind Franz Josef Waiau township, passing the town water supply pipes and tanks.

The track narrows through the rainforest, and follows alongside an old gold mining water race.  The water race and some rusty relics are among the last visual reminders of the gold mining era.

The track then descends to the historic Callery Gorge bridge. From here there are views of the narrow Callery Gorge which has changed dramatically over the years due to gravel deposits filling in the gorge and raising the level of the riverbed. 

Getting there

The Callery Gorge Walk begins in the Franz Josef Waiau township, at the end of Cowan Street.

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.
  • Sturdy footwear, such as tramping boots, is recommended.
  • Rocks are likely to be slippery especially after/during frosts and rain. 

Contacts

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   hokitika@doc.govt.nz
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
Postal Address:   Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842
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