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“Walk with the birds”

Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Hokitika
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Come and enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Christchurch NZ
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99 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Walk with the birds”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Tasmanian Company Canopy 01, having designed and constructed four successful treetop air-walks in Australia, have brought their expertise to New Zealand's South Island West Coast, 15 km south of Hokitika. The air-walk through 1.2 ha of native forest is accessible to the disabled and those pushing children in prams. A highlight is the tower landing one 47 m above the forest floor. The viewing platform, accessed by a steep spiral staircase, offers great views of Lake Mahinapua and South Westland mountains. Those who spend more time see more and gain a greater experience. A visitor centre and licensed cafe is a good place to relax and contemplate. Go in the morning for clear alpine views. Soft afternoon light is excellent for the forest views. Look out for the native wood pigeon and tui. Some summer visitors see the graceful white heron. That is a special treat.

Visited January 2013
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Christchurch NZ
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Treetops Walk”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

We weren't sure whether to do this or wait until it becomes a bit more developed. we enjoyed the walk and the scenery but I do think it needs more to keep the tourist interested. I expect the birds will come back over time, we could here the odd Tui but saw no birds. The views on the day we went were great of the Alps and the lake. The idea is fantastic though - may be a zip line could be added in the years to come. If you have an hour go and take the trip.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Mar K
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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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“Nice experience”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

new, needs visitors, great experience but DOC is making it hard for them to provide better signage and a rubbish bin.

Visited January 2013
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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“It has got the Wow factor”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the treetops 20 metres high and 450 metres long including an exhilarating climb up the tower for even greater vantage, The views were wonderful. We use to live in the area and loved walks to the lake. Treetop walk has in no way detracted from the beauty of the area as it is well nestled into the trees. As a teacher I think it is a wonderful way for locals and tourists to become better acquanited with our native forest.

Visited January 2013
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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“Westcoast Treetop Walk”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

A great experience that will get better with time as there are still a lot of bare places due to the building process. The views of lake and mountains are excellent. Restaurant food is good as well. While individual prices are a bit high, the annual pass is excellent value if you happen to be around for a while.

Visited December 2012
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