Walks

Plan and prepare

  • You should wear comfortable footwear and take wet weather clothes as the West Coast is known for sudden changes in weather. 
  • Take care off formed tracks as shafts and tunnels are scattered throughout the area.
Woods Creek Track with people

Woods Creek Track

Only a 20 minute drive away is the Woods Creek Track.  The walk can be covered in under 45 minutes but allow extra time for exploring. Sturdy walking footwear is recommended.  Be sure to take a torch on this walk to explore the fascinating tunnels once used by gold miners.  In addition to the remnants of tunnels, races and walls of stacked stone you will pass through mature and regenerating forest.

Coal creek falls smaller

Coal Creek Falls

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Only a 20 minute drive away is Coal Creek Falls.  The path gently descends down to the Coal Creek valley though a mixed beech-podocarp forest.  The pool below the falls is a nice place to cool off with a swim in the hot summer months.  Take particular care to look out for underwater rocks and logs before jumping in.

Point Elizabeth Walk

Point Elizabeth Walkway

Access:  Southern end started from the end of North Beach Road / Domett Esplanade (approximately 6 km from the centre of town) or from the Northern end at Rapahoe, sign posted from State Highway 6 (approximately 12 km from Greymouth).  it is approximately 4 km one way .  it should take about 3 hours return.  The stunning subtropical forest features nikau palms and mamaku (black tree fern) intertwined with supple jack vines and kiekie. There are also large podocarps like rimu, kahikatea and miro along with epiphytic northern rata adding a splash of crimson during summer. Native birds such as fantails, tomtits, grey warblers and bellbirds are plentiful at any time of year.  

Brunner mine site

 

 

 

 

Brunner Mine Site Walk

The Brunner Mine site is located 11 km east of Greymouth and can be accessed from either SH7 just east of Dobson where the old Tyneside Chimney is an obvious landmark, or across the river on the Taylorville Road next to the Brunner commemorative statue.  Both sides of the mine site are linked by the Brunner Suspension Bridge.  This was one of the country’s earliest industrial sites where coal was mined and coke, firebricks and other products were manufactured from the 1860s until the 1940s.  The area is well interpreted with a short walk around the historic coke ovens, brick factory and the remains of tunnel entrances.

Top hut Croesus track

Croesus Track

This walks takes 7 to 8 hours and the distance is 18 km.  The Croesus Track crosses the Paparoa Range between Blackball in the Grey Valley and Barrytwon on the Tasman Sea Coast.  The track is a beautiful and easy walk into the landscape of the Paparoa ranges, with evidence of the gold mining heritage.  it is recommended crossing east to west over the track from Blackball as it ascends 1200 metres via a well-formed track.

 GREYMOUTH TOWNSHIP WALKS

Coronation Domain Walkway

Access: From the Greymouth District Council offices on Tainui Street, turn left onto Murray Street and then right onto Alexander Street and then left into Kilgour Road.  This will take approximately 5-10 minutes.  It is an easy walk through native forest, with exotic and indigenous species not normally found in Greymouth, such as Kauri, Pohutukawa, Celery Pine, Macrocarpa and Sycamore. 

Kowhai Bush Walk

Access: From Anzac Park on Cowper Street.  This will take approximately 10 minutes. It is an easy loop walk through Kowhai Forest, half of which is bounded by the mudflats of Blaketown Lagoon. Some parts are boardwalks, which follow through estuarine vegetation and unsuspecting wildlife. Best at high tide.

King Domain Walk

This walk is a zigzag uphill track to four lookouts. Many potholes, formed by fault action on the limestone rock are present in the area so please do not stray off the track. Can be wet underfoot.

Floodwall Walk

Access: From Mawhera Quay.  The walking time is from 10 minutes to 3 hours.  This is an easy well formed path.  You will see the Great Wall of Greymouth protects the town area from flooding by the Grey River. A variety of walks, from 10 minutes stroll along the Mawhera Quay, to a round trip, taking in the fishing breakwater and lagoon area.

Cobden Cave Walk

Access: by the Cobden Bridge.  There is a walk of 150 metres to the cave entrance. The first chamber can be entered without a torch. A narrow slot gives access beyond the first chamber but visitors are advised not to venture beyond the first chamber. 

Omotumotu Bush Walk

Walking Time: 45 minute loop walk, allow additional time to reach look out. (Starting from the left of the track is the easiest option).  Omotumotu Bush is the most substantial forest area remaining within the urban area of Greymouth, with views of regenerating forest from the lookout point.

Grand Jeans Creek Walkway

Access: Reached from Lydia Street or Perotti Park.  This takes approximately 15 minutes.  It is an easy walk passing through an area of attractive native bush, ending at rest area overlooking the picturesque Grand Jeans Creek.

Rotary Lookout

Turn right onto Milton Road from Nelson Street. Viewing platform at the start of Stirling Drive.  There is a stunning lookout over Greymouth towards township. This is an easy walk if driving to lookout, otherwise it is a steep uphill walk.

Aorangi Nature Walk

Walking Time: 5 minutes.  It is a short easy loop walk through mixed podocarp forest.

Gun Emplacement Walk

Access: Off Richmond Street Cobden.  It takes approximately 10 minutes.  It is a moderate walk with 152 steps leading to the concrete structure where a 5\\\” U.S. Naval Gun was housed, which provided a clear firing range of the Grey River mouth. Can be achieved by most walkers, ample resting points provided.

NELSON CREEK WALKS

Getting there

From Greymouth follow SH 7 about 25 km North to Ngagere. Turn right at the Ngahere-Kopara Road and carry on to the Nelson Creek Settlement. The picnic, camping area and walks are located opposite Nelson Creek Hotel. To find the starting point for the following walks, walk through an old hand picked tunnel and cross the Nelson Creek Suspension bridge.

Callaghans Track

This easy to moderate track climbs steadily to a mossy knoll lookout point where you get a view into the bush clad valleys on either side of the ridge. On the way to the lookout point the track crosses a couple of deep tail races and a large water race as well as passing through regenerating beech. As the track climbs the forest is mostly podocarp/hardwood with rimu, miro, rata, quintinia and kamahi being the most common species. After the lookout point, the track levels out and eventually links with Prices Creek Road- a forestry road. Return by the same route.

Tailrace Walk

This short walk crosses a number of impressive tailraces. Old gold workings are also visible throughout the red and silver beech which are the dominant tree species.

Colls Dam walk (wheelchair access)

This high quality walk must be started from Gows Creek carpark if you wish to get wheelchair access. The walk takes in some good examples of tailraces and tailings as well as providing a pleasent lookout point above the historic Colls Dam and a lookout point at a memorial seat.

 WALKS AROUND LAKE BRUNNER

Getting there

Follow SH 7 to Stillwater and turn right onto the road to Moana and Inchbonnie. Alternatively Moana can be reached by turning off SH 73 at Jacksons.

Velenski Walk

This track starts from Ahau Street just past the motor camp at the western end of Moana township.

Rakaitane Track

This easy walk starts from the lakeside carpark beyond the motor camp at the western end of Moana township. Cross the Arnold River Kotuku Awa footbridge at the lake outlet and follow the signs. It is within easy walking distance from town.

Carew Falls Track

This track is located on the Lake Brunner to Kumara Road. It starts approximately 300 m east of the Lake Brunner Lodge. A good track winds up through forest in the Lake Brunner/Mitchells Scenic Reserve to reach the tops of the Falls. You can sit on large granite boulders and enjoy the view out over the western end of Lake Brunner

Arnold River Dam Walk

Starting from the power house this track is signposted from the Arnold Valley Road 14 km north of Moana and 10 km south of Stillwater. It first passes the hydro-electric power station and soon enters a stand of grand kahikatea-miro-rimu forest adjacent to the river within the Arnold River Scenic Reserve. It then climbs up to the top of a terrace and continues to wind around the terrace before descending to the river crossing point again.