Douglas Walk

Douglas Walk

The Douglas Walk is an easy and interesting Glacier Country walk in the Waiho Valley, north of the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere terminus. It runs through an area that was formed 250 to 400 years ago by the advances and retreats of the Glacier. This has left a roughly one and a half km flat strip of land between the Waiho River and the access road that shows a progression of various types of plants. These reflect the stage of re-growth behind the retreating ice and soil.

The walk is almost four km return and can be started from the main car park at the end of the access road or from the Alex Knob Track car park. A short distance from the main car park, it passes Peters Pool which in calm conditions provides a perfect reflection of the Southern Alps. Towards the other end is the historic Douglas Bridge which crosses the Waiho River. The bridge is a 140-metre-long suspension, originally built in 1900 but restored in 1994. It and the track are named for an early explorer of the region, Charlie Douglas, whose name appears in several features in the region.

The Douglas Bridge is also the start of the Roberts Point Track.Thanks to Georgia (@the_cornishpixie) and Jan Rozen for the photos.

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