Buller District: Walks and Hikes

Many of Buller’s most special places are best experienced on foot, and this district offers some of the best opportunities for recreational walking and hiking in the country. Immerse yourself in the wildest of seascapes, explore rainforests and canyons, and get access to impressive heritage sites. From ten minute nature and beach circuits to ten day gut-busting tramps through inland ranges, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Karamea Area

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Birdwatchers’ and Photographers’ Paradise! [More]

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The Oparara Valley and Basin, hidden away in the warm rainforest of the northern West Coast, is a very special place. [More]

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A walk south or north along the white sands of Flagstaff Beach between where the mighty Karamea and Oparara rivers... [More]

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Heaphy Hut is the first hut on the Heaphy Track proper. [More]

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Giant Nikau Palms – the world’s most southern palm tree! [More]

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Stunning seascape and magnificent views! [More]

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Watch for the world’s best ‘green flash’ at sunset! [More]

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Created in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand's newest national parks, and at 452,002 hectares it is also the second largest. [More]

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You don’t have to be a mad trout fisher, but it helps! [More]

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Water fun and brilliant birdwatching in the middle of town! [More]

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If its wilderness and a tramping challenge you want, then The Karamea-LeslieTrack in the middle of Kahurangi National Park is for you. [More]

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A hidden gem – put the brakes on and stop. [More]

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Mt Stormy, with a height of 1084 metres, guards the entrance to the Karamea Gorge. [More]

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Jaw-dropping huge ancient arches, caves and fossils – unmissable! [More]

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Join us on one of our guided eco-tours amongst the pristine rainforest and limestone caves and formations in the Oparara Basin. [More]

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The heart of Old Karamea – the first settlement. [More]

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Go for gold – and a must for fungi fanatics! [More]

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If the Heaphy is too ‘popular’ for you, you’ll love this track! [More]

Punakaiki Area

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Bullock Creek Road is an old 1900s farm track that winds its way up though a magnificent limestone canyon... [More]

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The Inland Pack Track was created in the mid 1800's for gold miners to move through the area. [More]

Dolomite Point is a must see of things to do on the West Coast. This short walk takes you around the famous pancake rocks and blowholes. [More]

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline, are all packed into one national park. [More]

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Two new swing bridges now makes this Pororari Track a loop track! This follows a spectacular limestone gorge with two main features a river with huge rocks in deep pools. [More]

Te Nikau
Te Nikau Retreat is a unique and special place in an awesome location, nestled in the forest adjoining the Paparoa National Park just 3km North of the Pancake Rocks. [More]

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This stunning walk leads down through rainforest and flax to the dramatic Te Miko coastline. [More]

Reefton Area

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Scattered among old coal mine workings are remains of makeshift winch equipment, including and old Leyland lorry. [More]

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This is a loop track at the start of the St James Walkway and leads through an alpine wetland, with views of Gloriana Peak and the Spenser Mountains. [More]

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The journey out via tracks linking with the Golden Lead Battery Track and Inangahua Swingbridge Picnic area. [More]

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This track can be accessed from SH7 on the Reefton side of the Rahu Saddle. [More]

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The track travels along the Murray Creek Track for five minutes before branching off to the right crossing Murray Creek. [More]

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There is a steady 6 hour climb up a well-formed pack track to the modern Kirwans hut near the bushline. [More]

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From the 'Sluice Box' the track continues up the Alfred River passing through splendid red beech forest to the lake where there is a hut sleeping 24. [More]

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This track starts at the Energetic junction, on the Murray Creek Track. [More]

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This track starts at the end of a 6km forestry road which turns off SH69. [More]

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From a carpark beside the Upper Inangahua Bridge, there is a very steep two hour climb to the bushline on a well-formed route. [More]

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The main Murray Creek track loops through the goldfield, taking in The Energetuic, Inglewood and Ajax gold mines. [More]

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From the old Waiuta town site, "Pro Road" winds up to the top of the country's deepest mineshaft (879 metres). [More]

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The Goldfields of Quartzopolis is a corner of the Victoria Forest Park that is home to Reefton’s rich mining heritage and a wilderness playground. [More]

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Million dollar views! [More]

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From the old Waiuta town site a well formed down hill track leads you to the remains of a massive gold extraction plant. [More]

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Just south of the Reefton Saddle on the Reefton highway (SH 7) is a picnic area with tap water and a toilet. [More]

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This route starts from a carpark 3km upstream from Tobins Bridge on SH7. [More]

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This walk passes the Blackwater mine, settlement and recreation areas. [More]

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Walking access is either from Waiuta or SH7 11km east of Reefton. [More]

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This easy walk is located 8km east of Springs Junction on SH7 (the Lewis Pass Highway). [More]

Westport Area

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Claim your own Gold! [More]

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Buckland Peaks Alpine Walk [More]

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A short walk with spectacular ocean views, steeple rocks, and a large year-round fur seal colony. [More]

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This walk is rated one of the top five day walks in the South Island. [More]

Charleston Rock
The Charleston Reserve features a charming walk through flax fields to open cliff tops above the Tasman Sea. [More]

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Our early settlers did it with all their belongings – we dare you! It’s a grunt but it’s worth it! [More]

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Where the first coal on Denniston was discovered in 1860! [More]

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Feel the spirit of The Hill! [More]

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"8th Wonder of the World" - Denniston is over 660 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level. [More]

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Begin at roads end. Track climbs to plateau on top of Gentle Annie Point. [More]

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Marvellous old high altitude mining town – and million dollar views! [More]

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Created in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand's newest national parks, and at 452,002 hectares it is also the second largest. [More]

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Hot water streams from Burning Mines, old bathhouse, charming walks! [More]

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Once the bustling site of five gold mines and the main route through to Karamea. [More]

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On a fine day competes with any views on the planet. [More]

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A relaxing family and dog friendly walk. [More]

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline, are all packed into one national park. [More]

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In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost is awakening. A long-forgotten gold miners' road is being revived as a tramping and mountain biking track. [More]

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A well formed track leads up through the scenic Tiropahi Gorge to an open pakihi, with fine views of the Paparoa National Park tops in clear weather. [More]