Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Tartare Tunnel Track

Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6

Gnarl Factor: 20








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.5%


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Head out from the start on well groomed 4WD track. After about 600m the well groomed bit goes right, but you carry on straight ahead. Lovely wide single trail (ex 4WD) under a canopy of natives which then turns into true single trail by the river and climbs steadily to the tunnel entrance. The tunnel is open to the other end and is generally about 7' high... shoe depth water flows through steadily and there are a few glow-worms. To complete this trail you need to get to the very end of the tunnel where there is a barrier you can peek over and then return.

350m Miners Tunnel - head torch required!

Street parking all around the area.

0 km

1 minutes




Very patchy.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Take your own

The height of the water in the tunnel is pretty consistent regardless of weather, but if uncertain then call in to the DOC office on the main street.

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Trail Reviews

I wish I could be a glow worm, a glow worm’s never glum. ‘Cause how can you be glum, when the sun shines out your bum! 🐛

Lauren Mai Anderson

December 14, 2021

I did part of this today but turned around before the tunnel due to time restraints. Fantastic little find.

Pip Guthrey

July 25, 2021

Fun wee track, definitely recommend it. Not usually fond of tunnels or caves but this was neat and easy using good head torch.

Raewyn Peters

March 2, 2021

This was so worth it. Never knew it existed until our Franz accomodation mentioned it so off we went. Tunnels are cool but a bit scary for the kids. Great all weather option in Franz.

Tony Sharpe

January 27, 2021

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