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Tatare Tunnels Walk

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Spooky

Worth a wee trip if already in the area. Steep enough walk to get there - found the tunnels a... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
PDC1JMBEN
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Toronto, Canada
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Nice easy going hike, cook tunnel at end

Hike is easy for half the time, moderate the other half. Bring waterproof shoes and a headlamp for... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Mubu22
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Cowan Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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All reviews glow worms tunnel entrance waterproof shoes tataki ankle deep water bring a flashlight waitomo caves native bush an adventure well worth the effort great fun heli hike torch darkness spooky mining headlights
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Worth a wee trip if already in the area. Steep enough walk to get there - found the tunnels a little spooky but finding the glow worms was great - yes we did get our feet very wet!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Hike is easy for half the time, moderate the other half. Bring waterproof shoes and a headlamp for the tunnel. Water is 2-5 inches deep.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mubu22
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

A very different walk in the water to see the glow worms great to see them on your own without a tour. It is a fair walk to see them the last part of the track is quite steep. Once in the tunnel it is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

We choose this as it was a bit different. Glad we did. Easy to find, just follow the track. Pro tip - Take flip flops and towel then change footware before you enter, your shoes will get soaked otherwise, the water is really cold however...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank JamieB3
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

1.5h round trip from town centre. Beautiful walk next to the gorge. About 10 minutes to the end of the old mining tunnel. Glow worms best at the far end. You will get wet feet until you've got some hefty boots on. A lot of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Ben W
Franz Josef V, Front Office Manager at Tatare Tunnels Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for your review. We appreciate any feedback received, it is imperative we find out what we could look at improving. We are glad you could enjoy the track and tunnels, it is a brilliant little adventure. It is a perfect spot...More

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

As others have said- waterproof shoes and headlight or phone light to walk through. Once you get to the tunnel entrance it’s about 10-15 to get through it. The gloworms were about 3/4 way through it. Turn off your light and look up. Tunnel ends...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Beth S
Franz Josef V, Front Office Manager at Tatare Tunnels Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for your review. We appreciate any feedback received, it is imperative we find out what we could look at improving. We are glad you could enjoy the track and tunnels, it is a brilliant little adventure. It is a perfect spot...More

Reviewed 12 April 2018

Well worth going, however very wet inside. Worth taking flipflops to go through the cave and walking boots for the trek up! Just incredible!More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 336tashat
Franz Josef V, Front Office Manager at Tatare Tunnels Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for your review. We appreciate any feedback received, it is imperative we find out what we could look at improving. We are glad you could enjoy the track and tunnels, it is a brilliant little adventure. It is a perfect spot...More

Reviewed 4 April 2018

The ceiling of the tunnel was filled with glowworms, absolutely amazing! There were so many of them, that we just turned off our torch for the last half of the tunnel and walked through by the light of the glowworms. Definitely the best part of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank Mitchel R
Franz Josef V, Front Office Manager at Tatare Tunnels Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for your review. We appreciate any feedback received, it is imperative we find out what we could look at improving. We are glad you could enjoy the track and tunnels, it is a brilliant little adventure. It is a perfect spot...More

Reviewed 31 March 2018

This was an interesting and fairly straightforward shortish walk - I write this having gone only as far as the swing bridge and the gorge. The latter, though was pretty spectacular, and well worth the effort of getting there - redolent of the magnificent scenery...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank John N
Franz Josef V, Front Office Manager at Tatare Tunnels Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for your review. We appreciate any feedback received, it is imperative we find out what we could look at improving. We are glad you could enjoy the Callery Gorge Walk. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New...More

Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

This walk is a good way to spend a few hours. The walk through the rain forest is n8ce and a little steep in areas, I would not say it was the easiest walk. The tunnel was not claustrophobic to me surprisingly. I was ankle...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank supersunshine
Franz Josef V, Front Office Manager at Tatare Tunnels Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for your review. We appreciate any feedback received, it is imperative we find out what we could look at improving. We are glad you could enjoy the track and tunnels, it is a brilliant little adventure. It is a perfect spot...More

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Depends on how quickly you negotiate the slippery surface and how much time you want to search for wetas and glow worms while in the tunnel. I would suggest you plan on not less that 1.5 hours. The DOC brochure says 1hr 20... More
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