Tunnel Terrace Walk

Tunnel Terrace Walk




7 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

123 Walking

6 Hokitika




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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastHokitika


  • Walking
  • Free


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 7 months ago

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Franz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 9 months ago

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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 about 2 years ago

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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 almost 5 years ago

B D's avatar



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 5 years ago

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Rachel_Flowers's avatar


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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 8 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 over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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