Climb the Hokitika Tower – one of the tallest human-made structures on the South Island’s West Coast.
From the 40m-high circular platform on the West Coast Treetop Walk, the views are breathtaking and even the giant podocarps, some up to 600 years old, seem small.
Drink in the panoramic sweep across acres of native beech forest, the jagged stretch of the Southern Alps, and, off to the west, Lake Māhinapua.
Out on the cantilevered Māhinapua Springboard, you’re at arms reach of the forest canopy, surrounded by ancient rimu, tōtara, kahikatea and miro.
The wide, steel paths of the Treetop Walk are also suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, meaning that everyone can enjoy being up above the rainforest canopy.
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