Tunnel Terrace Walk

Goldsborough

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South IslandWest CoastHokitika

700 m return | 20 minutes return

A hidden world of the mining days only accessible via miners tunnels.

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Access

If coming from Dillmanstown,the carpark is signposted on the left, 1.5 km from Goldsborough camping area and 11 km from SH 73.

Or if coming from Stafford, 6.3 km from SH6 on the Stafford Loop Road.

Track

Enter through the tunnel opposite the parking area into a world of terraces, tailings and mining detritus. There is a section of impressive trackwork using the tailings boulders, some of which are slippery.

Exit through another tunnel and follow the road 100 m back to the carpark.

European History

Unsurprisingly, with a name like Goldsborough, it was gold which first attracted settlement. First claims were pegged in 1864, the coast’s second goldfield. By October 1866 over 7000 people had arrived in town, so the town had to be built. Butchers, bakers, hotels, stores for mining provision and much more sprang up almost overnight. This was the Wild West New Zealand style. Same alcohol fuelled fights, swearing and generally antisocial behaviour from unmarried men with their sights on quick riches.

Over 200 horses were employed to pack provisions from Hokitika along the rough and muddy bush tracks. Travel was a nightmare, with swollen rivers, muddy tracks and dense forest to slash.

Over the years returns were insufficient and many left. The town gentrified, and those who stayed made a small but reasonable living off the gold. The last residents only left in the 1950s.

5 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Tiin

Ranking: 10/10

September 2017... a great short walk through beautiful nature and so many many different green tones... a sweet Must Do in this area!!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Fiona Furzeland

England

Ranking: 8/10

Really awesome short walk, it seems forgotten by all other people and covered in moss! you start and finish in the man-made tunnels. If you take a torch, you can see the marks from where it was mined. Would be even better if the DOC put some information about the area.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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B D

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Very Nice shorts Walk in old rainforest like Wood. We loved that it started and ended in old golddigger tunnels.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Rachel_Flowers

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Nearby to the nice DOC campground. Great little loop walk that nobody seems to know about--bring a headlamp though...and water sandals are best for the wet tunnels.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Anne Heriot

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic short walk through amazing tunnels built by the gold miners. Really great family walk, perhaps take a torch to appreciate feat.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2010

5 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Tiin's avatar

Tiin

Ranking: 10/10

September 2017... a great short walk through beautiful nature and so many many different green tones... a sweet Must Do in this area!!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Fiona Furzeland's avatar

Fiona Furzeland

England

Ranking: 8/10

Really awesome short walk, it seems forgotten by all other people and covered in moss! you start and finish in the man-made tunnels. If you take a torch, you can see the marks from where it was mined. Would be even better if the DOC put some information about the area.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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B D's avatar

B D

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Very Nice shorts Walk in old rainforest like Wood. We loved that it started and ended in old golddigger tunnels.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Rachel_Flowers's avatar

Rachel_Flowers

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Nearby to the nice DOC campground. Great little loop walk that nobody seems to know about--bring a headlamp though...and water sandals are best for the wet tunnels.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Anne Heriot's avatar

Anne Heriot

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic short walk through amazing tunnels built by the gold miners. Really great family walk, perhaps take a torch to appreciate feat.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2010