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Tartare Tunnel Track, West Coast

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Tartare Tunnel TrackBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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West Coast

Franz Josef Glacier

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



You will need a suitable torch or head-torch to complete this trail and you will get your feet wet.

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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.

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Features of interest

350m Miners Tunnel - head torch required!

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 65%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Cowan St, heads off the main road through Franz Josef, head to the very end (towards the mountains) of the street and you will see the DOC dign.

    Street parking all around the area.

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  • Staying Safe


    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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