Immersed in Rimu rainforest
Experience a lush canopy of ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees as you wander along an elevated platform deep in West Coast native rainforest. Discover the ecology and history of the forest through interactive displays and informative signage along the way. With spectacular 360 views, you may even spot the rare indigenous wildlife, such as bell birds, tui, wood pigeons or white herons.
Gain a new perspective of an ancient world
Welcome to a world you have never seen before, walking amongst the tree tops in this ancient West Coast rainforest.
The West Coast Tree Top Walk takes you on an incredible 450-metre-long walkway that rises 27 metres into the forest canopy. Coming face to face with the birds and wildlife that live in this elevated environment, you will learn all about this remarkable habitat and gain an intimate view of a world that is so remote from our own.
Discover at your own pace
Wander leisurely through this immersive walkway and discover the forest at your leisure.
Throughout this unique experience, you'll discover how Maori used native flora for medicinal purposes, the ecosystem of the forest and more about New Zealand's delightful wildlife.
With a self-guided pamphlet in hand, read about the different types of trees, birds, history, cultural aspects and beyond.
Supported by steel cables, wooden beams and over 13,500 bolts, this amazing canopy walkway is a true engineering wonder. Custom-made and transported from Australia, this structure was erected by cranes and took just six weeks to assemble.
Standing tall at the far point of the walkway is one of the highlights of the walk - the spiral staircase. With 104 steps, this impressive tower brings visitors 47 m above the forest floor for a truly memorable view of the picturesque Lake Mahinapua and the majestic mountains of South Westland.
Designed to have minimal impact on the environment, this fascinating conservation area seeks to educate visitors about the importance of preserving the rainforest and its biodiversity. Providing educational tours and activities, this forward-thinking business promotes sustainable practices to their visitors while minimising its carbon footprint by using renewable energy resources in every way possible.
West Coast Tree Top Walk are also partnered with a number of local bodies, including the local Iwi (Māori tribes) to ensure their experience is culturally appropriate and respectful.
How to find West Coast Tree Top Walkway and Zipline
1128 Woodstock-Rimu Road, Hokitika 7812, New Zealand
Discover the West Coast
From idyllic lakes to geological wonders, discover why New Zealand's West Coast is such a spectacular place to visit:
Getting to Hokitika
You can get to Hokitika by train to explore the West Coast Tree Top Walkway aboard some of the following escapes by rail and unique rail tours: