Tatare Tunnels Walk

Tatare Tunnels Walk, Franz Josef: Address, Phone Number, Tatare Tunnels Walk Reviews: 4.5/5

Tatare Tunnels Walk
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails • Scenic Walking Areas
About
After 10 minutes walk on a four wheel drive road, the track climbs gently then drops to a view of the scenic Tatare Gorge. The track then becomes steep and narrow for the short climb to the Tatare Tunnels. If you wish to explore the tunnels you will need a torch and a raincoat, and you may get wet feet – the water will be ankle deep. The track stops at the old wooden flume at the end of the first tunnel. Know before you go •Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre before starting your trip. •Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly. •Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.
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1-2 hours
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Andrew W
Culverden, null, New Zealand30 contributions
Get to go in a tunnel!
Mar 2021 • Couples
Took us 40 minutes to walk into the tunnel entrance,
The last section is a narrow gravel walkers track that is up and down the hills,
We walked 200meters into the tunnel (with no end in sight) in 100mm deep water most of the way, got back out and google says the tunnel is 500meters long...

Cool tunnel about 1-1.5m wide and 2 meters high
Written 29 March 2021
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Mechelle M
Lower Hutt, New Zealand281 contributions
Not what was expected
Dec 2020 • Couples
The reviews were misleading. The sign board said it was 1 hr 20min return walk so we set off. It was a stony wide track initially with slopes up and down. However then we came to a rather narrow steep tricky zig zag track about 45 minutes in which I was unable to navigate at all. My husband did go up and eventually got to the tunnels which were shin deep with water and ? Bats, but he got good photos. This track is great for younger people who can traverse the steep zip zag part of the track, but for me in my 50s with a bit of arthritis in my knees I came to an impasse and could not make the full trip. Beautiful scenery along the way however
Written 27 December 2020
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Superpear
Ashburton, New Zealand1,336 contributions
Easy walk from Franz Josef with a tunnel bonus
Nov 2020 • Couples
The walk starts from within Franz Josef and is a gradual climb along a 4 wheel drive track. About 2/3 of the walk is along vehicle tracks and only the last 1/3 is a walkers track. Great views over the river and then you arrive at the tunnels.
To properly enjoy the tunnels, bring a torch and gum boots, or be prepared to go in barefoot. The water runs about 100mm deep from wall to wall so there is only so much wall climbing you can do. But this is a really fun part of the walk and you need to go into the tunnel even if our is only for a 100m or so.
Written 12 November 2020
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DJandR
Wanaka, New Zealand439 contributions
Best kept secret shshshsh
Sep 2020
We had been told about the walk by friends so came prepared with torches and gumboots. The track is a times challenging with fallen trees etc you need to be shore footed in places, but all in all a great track. We entered the tunnel and walked into the dark quiet an experience. Once you turn your torches off there are glow worms. A great half day experiencex.
Written 6 October 2020
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tworookietravelers
Hokitika, New Zealand19 contributions
Wet Feet
Sep 2020 • Friends
We did this walk yesterday and the track was a bit rough with parts being narrow and steep with a long drop below. I would not recommend to take kids on this walk or anyone that is not fully stable on their feet.
The tunnel was very good, but make sure you are prepared for wet feet and take a torch with you or at least a cell phone.
Unfortunately the other end of the tunnel was barred off with a small sign saying it was unsafe to go past this area.
There were also a couple of tress fallen over the track with one easy to get past but the other was quite dangerous.
Written 20 September 2020
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Kirsty M
16 contributions
A hidden treasure located in Franz Josef
Sep 2020
I had read about this walk briefly online but I was reminded about it when we arrived as it was on the local map we were given upon check in to our hotel.

Make sure you are equipped with a torch (or two so you have a spare), walking boots or gumboots and clothes you dont mind getting a little wet.

We were short on time so we didn't walk the full tunnel but thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent there, you can see glow worms on the tunnel wall!
Written 12 September 2020
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Fenton
9 contributions
Favourite hike in the area
Jul 2020
We loved this walk! It's a beautiful hike up to the tunnel and exploring the tunnel was great fun. Remember a light as it is pitch black, and the water is cold, but, if you embrace it and accept that your feet are wet you'll have a great time.
Written 28 July 2020
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Caroline N
Melbourne, Australia121 contributions
Loved it!
Mar 2020
We had beautiful weather for this hike. It was a really enjoyable walk up to the tunnel (it's pretty easy just a bit hilly). The water is freezing at first but your feet do adjust eventually. And you definitely need head torches as it's pitch black without. Make sure you turn them off to check out the glow worms. It's quite an unusual experience and love that it's free. Highly recommend!
Written 7 March 2020
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Jon M
1,217 contributions
Nice walk with glow-worms
Feb 2019
It's a short and pleasant walk to the start of the tunnel. The tunnel itself was originally a water race, before later being used for hydro-electric. It's worth walking through the tunnel, though the water is very cold. And there are nice glow-worms in there.
Written 19 January 2020
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Loretta M
Ipswich, Australia183 contributions
Glow worms
Dec 2019 • Family
We did this walk to see glow worms with a 8 and 6 year old. We did get to see glow worms which was great but the walk was a bit long for the kids and there is water in the tunnel. I wouldn't recommend taking small children unless they are happy for a long walk there and back.
Written 17 December 2019
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