Situated in the Douglas-Apsley Gorge, in the 16,080-hectare Douglas-Apsley National Park, the Apsley River with its renowned waterhole and gorge is another favourite spot for those who like to get off the beaten track.
There is a short circuit walk from the car park to the Apsley River Waterhole. The track then leaves the river and carries on to the gorge some 2.5kms further on. The return walk takes between 2 and 3-hours at a moderate pace.
The walk is graded at Level 3, so some bush-walking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended. When walking on the riverbed, care is needed, as the rocks may be slippery. The riverbed should be tackled only when river levels are low enough to do so safely.
Note that nearby there is a track offering a 3-day hike that traverses the park north to south. This option is for those wanting a really good workout in the bush. This walk is suitable for fit, experienced bush walkers only.
Sun protection and good footwear are essential. A rain jacket, sweater or fibre pile jacket should be carried along with snack food and drink. A map of the area is also recommended.
Park fees DO APPLY.
NO pets or firearms are permitted in the park. Bicycles are not allowed on the track.
Picnic tables, toilets, water and a picnic shelter are available at the waterhole.
Access is via the Tasman Highway (A4). Approximately 4km north of Bicheno turn onto Rosedale Road and follow that for 7kms until it enters the park. The last section of road is unsealed, however it is suitable for 2WD vehicles and bicycles.