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Brilliant Walk

Sunny weather but windy which is typical of NZ spring season. The track is in very good condition... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
Great walk

Even in the misty rain was a great walk. Took us 3,5hours with a lunch stop in the middle. Great... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
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Rakaia Gorge Road | State Highway 72 Inland Scenic Route, Rakaia, New Zealand
+64 3-379 4082
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunny weather but windy which is typical of NZ spring season. The track is in very good condition and easy to walk along. Stunning views of the river and cliff faces, a few waterfalls and gorgeous lush bush. One of the better walks I have...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Even in the misty rain was a great walk. Took us 3,5hours with a lunch stop in the middle. Great view of the gorge and river. Beautiful bird sound and bush as well. Worth the diversion to see the coal mines. Would recommend

Thank 79aimeer
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

As you can see by the date we walked, it was Autumn, and the colours were great! The track difficulty was moderate, and damp in places. But the views were wonderful and colourful. Strongly recommended if you are in this area in this season.

Thank John D
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Heading north from Staveley to Christchurch, the Rakaia Gorge rates as a worthy stop. Pulling off the road needs care, at the bridges there is a reasonable lay- bye. The older bridge is quite impressive, as are the torrents thundering through the gorge & fanning...More

Thank planetogra
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Great little walk on a good day with great views over the gorge. Not really sure if the upper gorge lookout is worth it as the lower gorge had similar views. The colour of the water was beautiful. In total took us about 3 hours...More

1  Thank Louis O
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Some of the reviews are old so I thought I would update track conditions. We have had an exceptionally wet winter so the track is quite boggy in parts as well as being badly overdue for track maintenance. If you don't have boots I wouldn't...More

4  Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Awesome landscapes,, easy walk.. I would recommend it. Not so busy, best to unwind and relax.. you could appreciate the views below.

Thank parcymaem
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Lovely day walk up through the hills and over looking the Raika Gorge. We did a 4 hour walk up to the peak, although you can do shorter walks, for example to the overlook and back.

3  Thank Tomita22
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Around every turn of this track is a new, spectacular scene. The trip would take less than half the time if you're not carrying a camera. Despite what the websites say, this hike is not suitable for track or walking shoes. It is very muddy...More

Thank phantomfisho
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Pleasant walk to do especially after taking a jetboat ride up the river . The boat then will drop you off to the start of the track. Variety of bush and open track walking with excellent views of the Rakaia River.

1  Thank Alison H
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