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Alex Knob Track

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This track is quite challenging, but affords views of glaciers, mountains and seascapes. Amazing!

Drive or walk south from the Franz Josef Waiau township across the Waiho River Bridge and turn left onto the Glacier Access Road for 2 km where the Alex Knob track begins, signposted on the right side of the road. there are a few car parking spaces where, if you have driven, you can park your car.

Please note that if you walk from the town you will be adding about 4.5km to the day's walking.

difficult
15 km
6:00 h
1139 m
1140 m

Alex Knob Track is only for experienced walkers. You will zig-zag your way up to Rata Lookout for your first views over the Franz Josef Glacier through lowland forest, sub-alpine scrub, alpine meadows and herb fields and to the Alex Knob summit. Forest birds, such as tui, bellbird, kereru (New Zealand wood pigeon), are heard regularly along the track.

Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre before starting your walk. 

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Author
Sally Thompson
Updated: October 31, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
1286 m
Lowest point
201 m
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Start

Alex Knob Track Car Park (201 m)
Coordinates:
DD
-43.412454, 170.176986
DMS
43°24'44.8"S 170°10'37.1"E
UTM
59G 433367 5193052
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Destination

Same finish point as start point

Note


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Coordinates

DD
-43.412454, 170.176986
DMS
43°24'44.8"S 170°10'37.1"E
UTM
59G 433367 5193052
w3w 
///confederate.dudes.digger
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
15 km
Duration
6:00h
Ascent
1139 m
Descent
1140 m
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