Tunnel Terrace Walk

Tunnel Terrace Walk



11 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

12 Walking

1 Hokitika

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Marios Gavalas

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700 m return | 20 minutes return

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


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.


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.


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DOC West Coast

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Alison Howell's avatar

Alison Howell

Ranking: 10/10

Our 2nd great grandfather Irishman Patrick Kenny and his son William mined here, and gave their address as Tunnel Terrace in the electoral rolls from about 1875. It was also Patrick's address on his death in 1907. The family is buried in the Old Stafford Cemetery nearby. An atmospheric walk which we really enjoyed, but it must have been pretty grim living conditions for those gold miners.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in August 2018

Rod's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay we really enjoyed the walk . As we stayed at a lot of doc sites this summer we notice alot of tourists dont pay any camp fees, its about time something was done to enforce this. Would be a shame for doc to close them down.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Helen's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Like a little fary take forest - moss has grown everywhere. It made us feel very at peace.
Walk takes about 15-20min

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Timothy Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What an unexpected delight. From the car park you go through a tunnel and come out in a different world, walking though the thick forest seemingly cut off from the rest of the world. The path takes you in a loop that ends up at another tunnel back on to the road (about 5 mins walk from the carpark/start).

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Flatlanders's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Three tunnels on a loop-bushwalk (20min) with amazing diversity on such a short walk. It's a little precious hobbittrail. Easy pathway with rocks, wood, slighty muddy. You either return at the end or walk 100 meters back to the carpark. Challenge: Find the exit to the second tunnel on this road. Best part: no tourists. Worth the detour.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Franz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice track, a little bit short but nice and uncrowded. Would come again

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Tiin's avatar


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 almost 5 years ago

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Fiona Furzeland's avatar

Fiona Furzeland


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 over 7 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Rachel_Flowers's avatar


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 over 10 years ago

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Anne Heriot


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 about 12 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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