Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, Hokitika

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See the ancient rimu forest near Hokitika from Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, offering visitors plenty of chances for panoramic photographs and thrilling heights. This popular tourist attraction features a 450 m (1,500 ft) long elevated walkway, passing close to the crowns of mature rimu trees and sitting high above smaller tree ferns. Your heart may beat a little faster as you walk out on the gently swaying cantilever that extends into the lush forest canopy. A viewing tower offers additional views of the Southern Alps from a height of 40 m (131 ft) above ground. The cafe includes an alfresco dining area that serves up light breakfasts and hearty lunches. If traveling with young ones, note that the fully enclosed walkway is safe for children and stroller-accessible. Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Hokitika Edition.
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  • It was a good attraction. Would have been awesome if it was a bit cheaper. Nice views of the lake although the mountains covered in cloud. The forest a bit run down, lots of possum damage so hopefully...  more »
  • Unique experience with beautiful views of surrounds. Not many birds to see or hear but the day was quite windy. Good cafe at bottom.  more »
  • Driving past the signage to this location, we turned around to take a look. A bit of a rough road in - we did have a caravan in tow - however, it was well worth the haul in there. The weather was perf...  more »
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  • Great views and concept. Needs more info on the trail and bird feeders. Not for the feint of heart if you don't like heights or shaky ground. The tower is worth the stairs, and the hanging platform is quite the adventure!
  • First of all, this walk is not really worth the full price, so I would recommend keeping an eye on websites like bookme.co.nz to get a deal. Generally the walk is pretty nice and it's very well constructed. I imagine it only gets better as the forest grows and recovers from the instalation of the structure. There is some good information about native plants and wildlife and the opportunity to see some native birds. The cafe (which is not in the treetops 🙁) serves the usual coffee and cabinet food, however the coffee isn't great.
  • Just did the walk today in sunshine despite being June. The walk was very well laid out with lots of helpful info. Great 360degree views and at a reasonable price.
  • Sorry I have to give this such a low rating because ultimately we didn't get past the gift shop. A 450m track for $38 per adult that would be over in 20mins. I get that the structure had to be built, but I bet it would get paid for more quickly if people actually went on it. Pull that pricepoint back to $12-15 and I bet your parking lot would be full, rather than empty. Looks great but the cost is prohibitive.
  • $38 per adult is a bit of a joke. Didn't make it past the cafe. You're better off heading up the road to Ross and walking around the old gold mining track for free.