Minnehaha Walk
Minnehaha Walk
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
1.2 km easy walking loop track 20 min return. This delightful short walk follows a small stream through the lush rainforest, and loops back to the start point via Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway. Glow worms may be seen in the forest after dark - take a torch to find your way. Bikes are not permitted on the Minnehaha Walk.
Duration: < 1 hour
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Mandy Coombs
North Petherton, UK1,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lovely walk and especially good if you go after dark as there are loads of glow worms that you can see. The path is nice and even and level so it’s easy to walk along, even in the dark. We walked her in the daytime as well and the walk is lovely with some great forest to see along the way.
Written 24 October 2023
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
How had we never heard of this track before? It’s an absolute star, one of the best attractions on the west coast and anyone, of any age or fitness can do it.
By day it’s a short 20 minute stroll along a flat track, that crosses back and forth over a stream, and with lovely ferns, trees and moss everywhere. It’s a perfect short walk for anyone wanting to get up close to the west coast rainforests.
But by night, it’s wonderland. The place is filled with thousands of fireflies.
Once your eyes adjust you will see them everywhere. But make sure to look behind as well as forward, keep quiet, turn off your torch. and get up close, especially to the backs of fallen trees.
Kids will adore this, and it’s absolutely free, open to everyone, and right on the edge of town.
Written 12 February 2023
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Kait
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Excellent bush walk for children. We went slightly before dark which was a great idea as we could see the condition of the track, identify where there were bridges etc On our return it was dark enough to see the glow worms. There were glow worms everywhere. The kids were amazed and loved it. It was important to have very little torch light when the glow worms come out. Such a great walk for all and special for those to see glow worms for the first time.
Written 6 January 2023
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KestasKS
Vilnius, Lithuania3,606 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Beautiful forest walk, leading to the “largest active landslide” in New Zealand. The landslide is fenced, it can move up to 70 cm daily. Views of the mountains, river.
Written 29 December 2022
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Brittany
Sevierville, TN263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had a glow worm tour booked in Te Anau but hadn’t made it there yet. I had read in a local paper you could spot glow worms during this walk at night, so we went for it! It was amazing. Our first glow worm experience! The walk was short and easy, though a little nerve wracking at night considering we couldn’t see where we were going or if we would run into people (since we were checking out the worms and didn’t want to turn our flashlight on). It was free, fun and highly recommend.
Written 9 August 2021
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Brent & Margy
Christchurch, New Zealand215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Easy short walk, which can walk to from town. We went in the day and then returned at night to see glow worms which there are plenty around the bridge
Written 17 April 2021
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famadven
Wellington, New Zealand324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
It was a rainy afternoon when we did this but we just took umbrellas and it was fine. Beautiful bush walk. We didn't go back in the evening to see the glow worms but I believe we should have done!
Written 4 April 2021
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Tom A
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
This was an amazing experience. Within 2 minutes of walking from our motel (Bella Vista) we were looking at spectacular glow worms. It took us a few minutes to work out the best places to look. But we were certainly not disappointed. My advice would be look at the tall mossy banks, give your eyes a minute to adjust and look from a lower angle.
Written 20 May 2020
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kearnykibble
Brooklyn, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
When it gets dark go do this walk. You will not regret it. I’ve seen glow worms in caves but they also live very happily in this little rain forest and you can spend as much time as you want with them. Finding the walk took a bit of research as the instruction I got were a bit vague so here are the instructions to help you go straight to them. The path meanders all over the place but it is well maintained and flat under foot. There are a couple of short bridges too.
As you approach the Minnehaha Walk from the north you will see
Frames Rd on the right and
Bella Vista Motel on the left. If you are driving there is ample parking along the road before you get to the
Carters Creek/bridge 6329 sign on left. Beyond that you will see the next sign Glacier Valley Cycleway Walkway. Enter there.
The first thing you will see are two sets of red and white upside down “U” metal barrier. Walk through them and continue straight ahead to start the walk. I found that the Glow of the screen of my phone with the brightness turned down low was sufficient light to see where the path went and see the glow worms. The flashlight or torch of the phone was way too bright.

The path was never narrower than about 1.2 meters or 4 ft so if you watch where you’re headed you won’t fall in the stream next to the path or head off into the bushes. When I found a nice patch of glow worms I simply held my phone to my leg so it was completely dark. Eventually you will come to more metal barriers which you go through and turn right. This will bring you back to where you started.
Some people has lights that were too bright which misses the point as glow worms have very soft lights and you want to let your eyes adjust to the least extra light as possible.
Fox glacier was covered in clouds but this walk made it worth staying in Fox Glacier village for the night.
Written 9 March 2020
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Bob H
Rochester Hills, MI25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Here we took a short 20 minute walk through a lush rain forest in Fox Glacier. It was magnificent. Our trail was a loop trail so you didn't have to worry about getting lost. Part of the return trail was along a highway that you couldn't see but heard an occasional passing car. There was thick vegetation mainly of plant species that I have never seen before. My only regret is that we didn't have time to take the longer of the two trail offerings. The longer trail would have taken about an hour which didn't fit into our schedule. If you are in Fox Glacier and have the time I recommend that you take this easy walk.
Written 5 March 2020
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