Explore our regions
The farming community of Whataroa is the gateway to Glacier Country from the north. From here you can explore out towards the coast or, for the more experienced and adventurous, tackle the walks starting in the Whataroa valley.
There is a guided tour to the kōtuku breeding colony that starts and finishes at Whataroa.
It is one of the larger valleys on the West Coast with expansive views of the mountains, glacial rivers and lakes across farmland fringed with native forest. Whataroa vallery has a rich agricultural and mining history and provides challenging opportunities for hunters, rafters and kayakers.
This valley leads into a number of other valleys and is a very challenging area suitable for experienced people only. The tracks are well marked but in some places are little more than one-boot-width wide.
The signpost for the car park is on the southern side of the Whataroa River. A four-wheel-drive track will take you through the Friends’ farm to the Waitangi Forest Conservation Area.
See also: Whataroa Valley history
Ōkārito and Whataroa in the ‘Walks, Tramps, Tracks and More’ section.