Goldsborough Revisited


Jan, Nico and Ziggy at Goffs Track Goldsborough

Ziggy and Jan in the forest at Goldsborough

I want to say this is one of my favourite bush walks on the coast, but they are all so lovely.  This one is special though – so beautiful and peaceful.  Would definitely be my favourite camping spot and would highly recommend to anyone wanting a place to relax and unwind and be at one with nature – sorry that sounds rather mystical or whimsical but really it is a gorgeous spot.  We’ve often gone here with a packed lunch and just sat out with our books to enjoy the surroundings.

Ziggy and Jan Goffs track Goldsborough forest

Goffs Track Goldsborough

Today though we’re doing a walk, the Goffs Track.  It is a nice loop, winding its way up through the forest following the ridge line.  Dense, dense native forest and heaps of bird life.  The sun is out and filtering through the trees adding to the atmosphere.

forestry roads at Goldsborough

Once at the top we meet with the 4WD track – Scandinavian road – a forestry access road and follow it south towards Hokitika before heading back into the forest and taking the marked trail back down to the start.  All in all it is around a 90 minute walk.

Goffs walk Goldsborough

walk in the forest at Goldsborough

The forest is filled with gold mining history with tail races and little tunnels.  The start of the trail follows the creek bed and there are some hopeful campers trying their luck with some gold panning.

The boys love it out here – lots of great smells.

entrance stafford cemetary

historic stafford cemetary

stafford cemetary

We finish our trip with a visit to the historic Stafford cemetery.  Unfortunately it is looking a little unloved this visit. It is a shame as our history in NZ is so young and once we loose it it is gone forever.  We leave thinking we’ll have to come back with our weed-eater and give it a little tidy up.

Another great walk though and we love getting out and exploring the wonders of the West Coast, hope you enjoy coming walking with us.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the West Coast.  They have a great love of the outdoors and their surroundings and enjoying sharing their adventures.  Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in the area.  Check out their activities page for ideas on things to see and do while visiting the West Coast.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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4 Responses to Goldsborough Revisited

  1. bulldog says:

    I really do enjoy the walks with you… a friend of mines children live in NZ.. not youngsters both with kids of their own… and he is forever lauding the beauty of your land… they travel over once or twice a year to visit and love it.. I wonder why they don’t move there.??.. he has traveled extensively over both islands and as yet has not found something he doesn’t like… you just strengthen and verify everything he says… so please keep walking so that I can enjoy it with you..specially your photos…

  2. coastingnz says:

    will do – been a bit slow over our summer season and lost my writing mojo but slowing getting back into it so some more adventures still to come. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  3. Gail Howrd says:

    I really loved reading your blog about Goldsborough Revisited. Your very last photo shows the headstone of my great grandparents Edward & Catherine McCormick (the larger headstone on the right) which I visited two years ago. I was thrilled to see it.

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