Pakihi Walk climbs through kamahi and rimu forest to a platform lookout.

Track overview

1 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

30 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track crosses a pakihi swamp before climbing gently through a forest of kamahi and rimu to a lookout platform. 

At the top you will be rewarded with views of the surrounding rainforest, coastal landforms, the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana including Aoraki Mount Cook, and a glimpse of the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere.

Getting there

Head 15 km north of Franz Josef and take the Ōkārito turn off to the left. The walk is signposted 5.7 km on the right hand side of the road to Ōkārito.


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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