Fox River Cave Walk

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Fox River Cave walk is an easy 5k walk that will take you around 3 hours.

You’ll cross the Fox River three times so wear good sandals instead of hiking boots. Fox River Caves are very interesting and a great walk up the river to get there.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: West Coast South Island
  • Distance: 5 kms
  • Time needed: 3 Hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 157m
  • Wet Feet: Yes
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Mobile Coverage: No
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

Point 1: Fox River Car Park

From Westport drive 50 km south to Fox River, don’t drive over the Fox River bridge. Then turn left into the car park. If you walk across the new Fox River bridge you can walk through the tunnel that leads off from the old Fox River bridge.

Point 2: Turn off

The track was easy to find, just walk to the end of the car park you will not miss it. The first few minutes looks really good till you walk right in to the Fox River. So much for dry feet, don’t even try to sneak across this one. You have to cross the Fox River two more times before arriving at the cave turn off. On all the river crossings the stones are small and easy to walk on plus the water is no higher then the top of your boots. We ended up crossing over onto a small river island then back onto the river banks a couple of times before reaching the Fox River Cave turn off.

Point 3: Fox River Cave

The track to the cave is a little more challenging. The track was made up of rocks from the cliff faces so they were rather large and in places covered in green moss and extremely slippery so take it easy. Half way along this track we had a feeling we were being followed. When I turned around there was a tame little grey Weka walking behind us picking up his free lunch. We were looking for him on the way back, he must have got a better offer. The Fox River Cave is just wide enough for one person and you have to keep your head down. You can walk in about 20m before you have to squeeze through small gaps and in doing so you will get very dirty. It was disappointing to see people leaving muddy hand prints on the walls etc, but most of all the bloody mongrels breaking off pieces of stalagmite and stalactites to take home. So don’t be surprised if the cave is locked up one day. One more thing to mention, watch out for the stinging nettle just before the cave entrance, it’s an old plant and packs a painful punch.

What sort of walking and hiking gear will you need

We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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