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Great day walk

We walked part of this walk, turning back just before Mumm's mine as it was getting late. 5 hours... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kiaussi
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One of West Coasts best....

This walk is amazing and highlights all aspects of the wonderful West Coast scenery and ruggedness... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
GeoffG874
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

This 19 km return (same track) is a very relaxing stroll that mainly follows an old mining railway track. There are plenty of relics along the way to view, along with some signage of the areas history. You are rewarded with a waterfall, suspension bridge crossing, and a tunnel to trek through. The landscape varies from wooded, along the creek, and open areas. We enjoyed the bird life along the walk too, taking photos of the territorial robins and fluttering fan tails. You can walk as much of it as you want, but we went to its termination at the Charming Creek entrance and car park, and returned to Ngakawau the same way. It really did not "feel" like 19 km as the walk was exceptionally pleasant and enjoyable.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

We parked at Ngakawau and walked to Watson's Mill (2½ - 3 hours return) There are waterfalls, tunnels, a suspension bridge, old rail tracks and rusty relics from the railway. And there's no admission charge to the walk. You need to drive north of Westport but the detour is definitely worth doing.

Date of experience: November 2015
2  Thank Both-like-travelling
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

All of the walks around Karamea are great with decent paths yet still plenty of challenge and great exercise. Totally unspoiled and a sense of being all alone in remote but beautiful environment

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 30 January 2016

Great scenery and history, definitely worth the trip. Even on a full suspension mountain bike the track was very very bumpy with the railway sleepers. If I went again would rather walk or run the track than cycle. Lots of short walk options, from the Ngakawau end to the waterfall/bridge would be a great walk. Or walk through and arrange a pick up from the other end. If you are riding old ghost road could use this track to get from seddonville to Ngakawau. That would be mostly downhill.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed 26 January 2016

Its a bit of a drive from Westport but it is well signposted, just get on the main road north towards Karamea and you will see a sign on you right hand side. Then its a windy drive up the shingle road to the parking area. There are several walking options that can be taken from the carpark both short and long.

Date of experience: January 2016
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