West Coast Walking Tracks
There are many gorgeous walking tracks on the West Coast to suit all ages, stages and abilities!!
Listed below are just a small example:
Coal Creek Falls Walkway
Situated just 7km from Greymouth, this walk takes approximately 1 hour or 3.6km return.
A short, easy walk down to the classic Coal Creek Falls. A delightful and interesting forest track leads down into the Coal Creek Valley to reach these very impressive falls.
Definate photo opportunities not to be missed.
Woods Creek Track
20 minutes drive from Greymouth out past Shantytown, this walk takes approximately 45 minutes and is a 1km loop track.
Described as one of the most exciting short walks on the West Coast. This fascinating track passes by tailraces and dams and through tunnels built by gold miners in the 19th century.
See life as it really was back in the 'gold rush' days and the hardship of mining for the ever elusive gold.
Point Elizabeth Track
7 kilometres from Greymouth, this walk takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, or 5.5km one way.
A stunning, well surfaced, walkway through one of the finest remaining tracts of coaster forest in the country. The exposed rocky point lookout has views towards Mt Cook in the south, along the spectacular rocky coast to the north and to the Paparoa Mountain Range.
Again, photo opportunities not to be missed.
Bain Bay Walkway
Located 40 minutes from Greymouth, Bain Bay Walkway is a 2.5 hour walk, or 7.2 kilometres return.
Starting at the boat ramp opposite the Lake Brunner Lodge at Mitchells, a boardwalk winds through wetlands and around the lake shore to a secluded camping and picnic area at Bain Bay. It also passes through forest containing kahikatea, matai and rimu, and tall tree ferns.
This track is particularly popular on beautiful summer days.
Arnold Dam Walkway
40 minutes from Greymouth, Arnold Dam Walkway is a 1 hour walk, or 1.7 km loop track.
Starting from the power house this track is signposted from the Arnold Valley Road 14km 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 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.
Brunner Mine Site
15 minutes drive from Greymouth, the historic Brunner Mine site offers a variety of short walks 20-40 minutes in duration.
Brunner is a site of national significance. It was the site of the Country's worst mining disaster and its archaeological remains offer an outstanding example of our industrial heritage.
Fascinating for history lovers.
King Domain Walk
Located in the heart of Greymouth, starting at Mount Street and takes approximately 1.5 hours return.
This is a zig zag track up to four lookouts over Greymouth.
Located on the edge of the Greymouth River on Mawhera Quay, this walk can last from 10 minutes to 3 hours!!
This great wall of Greymouth protects the town area from flooding and takes in the fishing harbour, renowned Greymouth bar and breakwater and lagoon.
Also a fabulous cycling track for the whole family.
Located 25 minutes drive from Greymouth, this is a perfect first time tramp of 3-4 hours (10 kms) up to the 16 bunk Ces Clark Hut. For the adventurous, continue walking over the tops and walk down to Barrytown for your second day.
Nelson Creek Walks
There are various walking tracks situated at Nelson Creek, with is approximately 35 minutes drive from Greymouth.
Callaghans Track crosses a couple of deep tailraces and passes through regenerating beech forest. You are rewarded at the lookout with a fantastic view of bush clad valleys on either side of the ridge. This walk takes approximately 20 minutes to the lookout point, or 45 minutes to Prices Creek Road.
The Tailrace Walk is a short walk that crosses a number if impressive tailraces. Old gold workings are also visible throughout the red and silver beech, which are the dominant tree species. This is a 20 minute round trip walk.
Coll's Dam Walk is wheelchair access and is a 40 minute loop walk. Start from Gows Creek car park, a pleasant lookout point above the historic Colls Dam and a lookout point at a memorial seat also takes in some good examples of tailraces.