This short, easy walk leads through a lush rimu forest to the idyllic Lake Wombat - it's a good option for children.

Track overview

3.8 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Track to Lake Wombat. Photo: K Henderson.
Walking track to Lake Wombat

Lake Wombat is a fern-lined walk which climbs steadily from the car park through rimu forest to a peaceful lake. 

Termed a kettle lake, Lake Wombat was formed by the melting of a huge piece of ice left amidst glacial debris about 9000 years ago. 

This walk offers good opportunities for bird watching if you stop quietly along the way. 

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 2 km to where the Lake Wombat Walk begins, signposted on the right side of the road.

History and culture

The lake is named after Jack Irwin, alias Wombat Jack, who sluiced for gold in the area in the 1800s.


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
Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
Postal Address:   Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842
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