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Walk or mountain bike along the western shores of Lake Kaniere through lush lakeside forest, passing many picturesque bays and numerous forest streams.

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Kaniere Water Race Walkway

Located in Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve in the West Coast region

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Introduction

The Kaniere Water Race Walkway provides an opportunity for a pleasant bush walk in an area that is rich in history.

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Track overview

One way

Walking and tramping

3 hr 30 min - 4 hrEasy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Easy: Grade 2
Intermediate: Grade 3
Advanced: Grade 4

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Brochures

Kaniere Water Race Walkway brochure (PDF, 2,160K) (opens in new window)

 

About this track

Description

The walkway follows a  historic power station water race as it twists and turns along the edge of a scenic reserve.

The walkway starts at the Landing at the northern edge of Lake Kaniere and ends at Kennedy Creek on the Hokitika-Lake Kaniere Road. Shorter sections can be walked - the most popular option being an easier stretch from the Landing to Ward road carpark which takes about an hour.

Getting there

From Hokitika head east 19 km along Lake Kaniere Road, this road meets the lake at 'The Landing'. The road forks at this point, the right road heads to 'Sunny Bight' and the other is Dorothy Falls Road which takes you around the east side of the lake past Hans Bay.

Mountain biking

This track is also suitable for mountain biking and is part of the West Coast Wildnerness Trail. The stretch between The Landing and Ward Road is easy mountain biking, while the remaining section is more suitable for intermediate/advanced bikers.

Know before you go

The Walkway is suitable for people of average fitness.

For track conditions, maps, weather forecasts and more information on the area contact the Hokitika DOC office.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process (external site) on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Lake Kaniere Walkway

Located in Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve in the West Coast region        

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 Introduction

Walk or mountain bike along the western shores of Lake Kaniere through lush lakeside forest, passing many picturesque bays and numerous forest streams.                    

Track overview

One way

Walking and tramping

4 hrEasy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3
Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access

No dogs

View detailed map

Brochures

Walks in the Hokitika area, from Kumara to Ross brochure (PDF, 379K) (opens in new window) 

About this track

Description

Dendrobium cunninghamii orchid on a tree trunk, Kaniere Walkway. Photo: P.Mounsey.
Dendrobium cunninghamii orchid on
a tree trunk, Kaniere Walkway 

Starting (or ending) at the road end just past Sunny Bight picnic area, the Lake Kaniere Walkway is a four hour tramp around the western shore of Lake Kaniere. The walkway emerges at the southern end of the lake on the Dorothy Falls Road. 

Highlights of the walk include many picturesque bays, numerous forest streams and lush lakeside forest. A lookout point over the lake is offered part way up Mt Upright/Te Taumata o Uekanaku. 

There are numerous places to take a dip. Or when you have finished walking or riding Hans Bay is a popular local swimming spot.

Getting there

From Hokitika head east 19 km along Lake Kaniere Road, this road meets the lake at 'The Landing'. The road forks at this point, the right road heads to 'Sunny Bight' and the other is Dorothy Falls Road which takes you around the east side of the lake past Hans Bay.

Mountain biking

The track is a mixture of intermediate and advanced riding with a short section of expert, grade 5 track near the Dorothy Falls end. 

Know before you go

The walk is suitable for people of average fitness and tramping boots are required.

For track conditions, maps, weather forecasts and more information on the area contact the Hokitika DOC office.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process (external site) on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Mananui Tramline (Mahinapua Walkway)

 Located in Mahinapua Scenic Reserve in the West Coast region        

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Introduction

Following an old logging tramline, the track reveals many relics of the 1885 sawmill's activities. The walk to Picnic Point is popular for those after a shorter walk.

Track overview

One way

Walking and tramping

2 hr - 2 hr 30 minEasy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

No dogs

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About this track

Description

Woodstock Rimu Road to Picnic Point 

Starting from the car park off the Woodstock Rimu Road, the eastern end of the walkway leaves the road and joins a historic logging tramline which is followed for the rest of the trip.  

After a straight flat section section, the track climbs gradually around the side of a small hill before reaching the turn-off to Picnic Point. The track to Picnic Point is a side trip to a small pebbly beach on the edge of Lake Mahināpua which is about 15 minute walk from the turn-off. Picnic Point and return to the carpark is about one hour and is a popular walk for those not wanting to go along the whole walkway.

Picnic Point turnoff to Mananui Bush

Soon after the turn-off to Picnic Point the tramline leaves the scenic reserve and crosses a creek into Mahināpua Forest. This area was commercially logged before being grazed for a short time. It then became an experimental forestry station and was logged again in the 1970s.

The track continues through the forest before descending around the side of a small hill to lower lying land. Elevated board walks are used to cross this swampy area, which floods regularly. After crossing this swamp the track sweeps around to the site of the Mananui Sawmill that was started in 1885. From here the walkway crosses Mahināpua Creek and its swampy margins via a foot bridge and through a privately owned deer farm, before emerging on S 6 just north of Mananui bush.

Getting there

Access is from a signposted car park approximately 8 km south of Hokitika on SH6 or from a car park the eastern side of Lake Mahinapua on the Woodstock Rimu. The walk can be done from either direction.

Mountain biking

This track can be mountain biked, and it is relatively straightforward.

Ross Historic Goldfields walks


Located in Ross area in the West Coast region

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Introduction

These walks in Ross township, 30 km south of Hokitika on SH6, start from the Ross Goldfields Information and Heritage Centre, where you can check track conditions.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

10 min - 7 hrEasiest: Short walk
Easy: Walking track
Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

Miners Cottage on Ross Water Race Walkway.
Miners Cottage on Ross Water Race Walkway

Ross Water Race Walkway

Time: 1 hr loop walk

From the car park at the Ross Goldfields Information and Heritage Centre; the Water Race Walkway follows Mt Greenland Road for about 15 minutes before turning onto a sign posted forest track on the right side of the road.

The track climbs to an old water race and then follows this through regenerating native forest, passing numerous old gold workings including tunnels, several dam sites and a replica miner's hut. After passing through the original Ross Cemetery, the walkway exits at the top of St James Street, with a short walk back to the car park.

This is a walk that people of a medium to low level of fitness can enjoy.

Ross Cemetery.
Historic Ross Cemetery

Ross Historic Cemetery

Time: 10 min one way

Starting from the top end of St James Street; this short walk, which is also part of the Ross Water Race Walkway, zig-zags steeply uphill for a few minutes before entering the historic cemetery. Here you will find many interesting headstones which portray the harshness of life in the early mining days.

Helihikes are popular on Mt Greenland.
Helihikes are popular on Mt Greenland

Mount Greenland

Time: 7 hr return

This walk follows a rough and unmaintained road to the top of Mount Greenland. The road is a steady incline and mostly follows an old miner's pack track. It passes through tall rimu forest then several changes in vegetation type can be seen as altitude is gained. On a clear day, the tussock covered top of Mount Greenland has amazing views in every direction.

You should carry warm clothing, a raincoat and take plenty of food and water for the journey. Strong shoes or tramping boots are recommended and the walk is suitable for those with a medium to good level of fitness. 

Note: Beyond the summit, the road continues steeply downhill to the site of the old mining village at the back of Mt Greenland. This will add several hours to the journey and is not recommended as a day walk.

Getting there

Ross township is 30 km south of Hokitika on SH6. Start these walks from Ross Goldfields Information and Heritage Centre at the end of Aylmer Street, where you can check for up-to-date track conditions.

Mountain biking

Mt Greenland is a challenging ride. The track is very boggy in places and some sections can be extremely slippery when wet. 

Four wheel driving

The road to the top of Mt Greenland is a real challenge and very boggy in places.

History and culture

Ross has an extensive gold mining history. Relics of the gold rush are apparent throughout the Historic Goldfields area.

There is a site next to Mt Greenland Road where you can fossick for gold.  

Call in and ask at the Ross Goldfields Information and Heritage Centre for further information.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process (external site) on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Mount Greenland walk: You should carry warm clothing, a raincoat, and a windproof jacket, and take plenty of food and water for the journey. Strong shoes or tramping boots are recommended. This walk will suit those with a medium to good level of fitness.

The road continues steeply downhill to the site of the old mining village at the back of Mt Greenland. This will add several hours to the journey and is therefore not recommended as a day walk.



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