Douglas Walk

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Introduction

This short, easy forest walk passes by a reflective lake and crosses over glacial landforms - it's suitable for children.

Track overview

3.9 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The Douglas Walk takes you over glacial landforms formed between 1600 AD and 1750 AD by glacial advances and retreats.

From the glacier road car park, the walk takes you through a succession of vegetation types, each representing a different stage of re-growth behind retreating ice and/or different soil types. 

Visit Peters Pool, a reflective kettle lake, and the historic Douglas Bridge.

Getting there

Drive or walk south from the Franz Josef Waiau township across the Waiho River bridge and turn left onto the Glacier Access Road or Te Ara a Waiau. 

Drive or walk for approximately 4 km to the car park at the end of the road.

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.

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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