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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.