Walks

GREYMOUTH TOWN

Omotumotu Bush Walk

Time: 25 minutes loop (1.5 km) Omotumotu Bush is the only substantial forest area remaining within the urban area of Greymouth. An easy walk with a short deviation to a lookout point with views of regenerating forest. Access: Starting from Marsden Road in Greymouth.

Kowhai Bush Walk

Time: 10 minutes loop (620 m) A walk through kowhai forest and estuarine vegetation, which is bounded by the mudflats of Blaketown Lagoon. Access: From Anzac Park on Cowper Street.

Coronation Domain Walk

Time: 5 minutes one way (200 m) An easy gradient track through second growth native and exotic forest. Access: From Kilgour Road to Tindale Road.

Gun Emplacement Walk

Time: 10 minutes return (560 m) Leads to a concrete structure where a 5” U.S. Naval Gun was housed which provided a clear firing range of the Grey River mouth. Access: From Richmond Street in Cobden.

Grand Jeans Creek Walk

Time: 10 minutes return (360 m) An easy walk passing through an area of attractive native bush, ending at a rest area overlooking the picturesque Grand Jeans Creek. Access: Starting and finishing at the southern end of Perotti Park or from Lydia Street.

Lions Walk

Time: 10 minutes return (60 m) This short walk takes people into the Rapahoe Range Scenic Reserve. The walk climbs uphill steadily through bush before a lookout is reached. The lookout provides panoramic views of the Greymouth area, coastline and Southern Alps on a clear day. Access: Starting at the end of Weld Street in Cobden. 


GREYMOUTH AREA

Coal Creek Falls (Rununga)

Time: 1 hour return Distance: 3.6 km return Taking you into the Coal Creek Valley the track wanders through a mixed beech-podocarp forest ending at Coal Creek Falls. Access: The track starts at the back of Runanga on the main Coast Road. AA signs lead you around the back streets to the car park at the end of Ballance Street.

Aorangi Nature Walk

Time: 5 minutes loop Distance: 200m A short loop walk through mixed podocarp forest. Access: Aorangi Nature Walk is located off Marsden Road, about 2 km south of central Greymouth in Aorangi Scenic Reserve.

Woods Creek Track

Time: 45 minutes return Distance: 1.1 km return Tunnels dug by 19th century goldminers lend mystery to this walk through native bush. The walk is suitable for people with medium fitness. A torch would be handy to look into the tunnels. Access: From Paroa (at the southern end of Greymouth) turn left onto the Shantytown Road. Travel down this road for 22 km past both Marsden and Dunganville.

Point Elizabeth Walkway

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes one way Distance: 5.5 km one way An interesting coastal/bush walk with good views and a few sites of historic interest along the way, ending at the carpark at the mouth of Seven Mile Creek Waimatuku. Unless you return via the same walk you will need to arrange transport back to your vehicle. Access: From Greymouth head north via Cobden onto Bright Street, Domett Esplanade and North Beach Road (about 6 km) or via Rapahoe, Seven Mile Road.

NELSON CREEK AREA

Nelson Creek Area Access From Greymouth follow SH7 25 km north to Ngahere and turn right at the Ngahere-Kopara Road and SH7 intersection, carry on for 7 km to the Nelson Creek settlement. The Nelson Creek Recreation Area is opposite the Nelson Creek Hotel. All tracks start from the Nelson Creek carpark or via the Gows Creek road bridge carpark. Small children should be under close supervision, owing to the deep tailraces intersecting this historic area.

Gold Fossicking There is an opportunity to pan for gold at the Nelson Creek or Moonlight Creek “Gold Fossicking Areas”. Detailed information can be obtained from separate brochures for Nelson Creek and Moonlight Track.

Callaghans Track

Time: 30 - 45 minutes one way Distance: 1.3 km to lookout point; 2 km to Prices Creek Road This track climbs steadily to a mossy knoll lookout point which gives views into the valleys on either side of the ridge. It then levels out and eventually links with the Prices Creek Road.

Colls Dam Walk

Time: 40 minutes loop Distance: 1.1 km This track can also be accessed from the Gows Creek carpark. The walk takes in some good examples of tailraces and tailings as well as providing a pleasant lookout point and picnic area above Colls Dam.

Tailrace Walk

Time: 20 minutes loop Distance: 900 m This easy track crosses four impressive tailraces and passes many piles of tailings.


LAKE BRUNNER AREA

Arnold River Dam

Walk Time: 1 hour loop Distance: 1.7 km This forest walk passes through Arnold River Scenic Reserve and offers views of the Arnold River Power Station. Access: Follow SH7 from Greymouth to Stillwater, turn right onto the Arnold Valley Road and continue to a sign posted turnoff on the left leading to the Arnold River Power Station. The start of the track is just to the right over the pipeline bridge.

Rakaitane Walk

Time: 30 minutes return Distance: 1.2 km return This partial loop walk meanders its way through magnificent podocarp forest to a viewing point. From here it follows the river upstream, passing through large tree ferns to rejoin the original track. Access: From Moana car park, turn right after crossing the suspension bridge.

Bain Bay Track

Time: 2.5 hours return Distance: 7.2 km This track follows a boardwalk through wetlands and then around the lake shore to a secluded camping and picnic area at Bain Bay. Access: From Kumara Junction head towards Kumara village and turn left, follow the road to Mitchell’s (25 kms from Kumara Junction). Once at Lake Brunner Lodge turn down a short road leading to the lake.

Carew Falls

Track Time: 1 hour, return Distance: 2 km return Climbing gently on a well formed track you travel through mixed podocarp forest. The track climbs more steeply as it leads you onto the rocks below the impressive Carew Falls. Access: From Mitchells, drive past the lodge across the bridge towards Inchbonnie. The walking track starts 50m along from the bridge.

Velenski Walk

Time: 20 minutes one way Distance: 600m Passing through a scenic reserve of mixed podocarp forest, this track offers lovely views over Lake Brunner Kotuku Whakaoho. You can either walk back to the start via the streets (10-15 minutes) or return the way you came. Access: This walk is located on the northern edge of the lake, behind Moana township, 34 km from Greymouth. There are two entrances - from Taku Street in Moana and 200m west of Moana motorcamp on Ahau Street (no parking available at this end).

Mount Te Kinga Ara O Te Kinga

Time: 3 hours return to second viewpoint (easy tramping); 8 hours return to Mt Te Kinga (route - take topo map K32) Distance: 5.4 km and 12.4 km respectively The track to the two lookouts is benched and bridged, but ascends some 300m in altitude, so is recommended for people of reasonable fitness. The forest contains fine specimens of kahikatea, rimu and matai, and is populated by a variety of native birds. It takes about an hour to reach the first viewpoint and another 10 minutes to get to the second. There are views out across the lake to Iveagh Bay, the outlet of Crooked River and Moana township. The route beyond leading to the tops is recommended for fit and experienced trampers only. Access: starts at the end of the Cashmere Bay/Iveagh Bay road, signposted from the main (Arnold Valley) road, 5 km south-east of Moana.

Mt French Route

Time: 8 hours return (take topo map K32) Distance: 7 km Mt French (1305m) on the Hohonu Range is a full day tramp on an unformed route. This route starts approximately 5 km west of Mitchells on the Inchbonnie Kumara Road.