Tunnel Terrace Walk, Goldsborough – Following in the Footsteps of the Gold Miners

walking through the bush terrace tunnel walk

Tunnel Terrace walk is a very short little walk in between Hokitika and Greymouth in an area known as Goldsborough.  Goldsborough was a gold mining area back in the days of the gold rush of the 1850s so there are lots of trails around the region filled with mining history – the miners diggings, tunnels and tail races.

forest of green terrace tunnel walk

This is a great little find – an easy 20 minute loop track buried in the bush.

beautiful native bush on terrace tunnel walk

You wouldn’t really know the track was here actually – easy to by-pass as it starts and finishes with a walk through a tunnel (sorry no photos as too dark), part of the miners old tail race.  You pop out of the tunnel and straight into dense regenerating native forest.

moss covered tree trunks terrace tunnel walk

It is so beautiful in here.  Many of the tree trunks are covered in moss and ferns.  I’m sure they could tell quite the story of days gone by.

Nico on Terrace Tunnel walk

The trail follows an old tail race hand dug by the gold miners and there are a couple of times it disappears into the rock beneath us.  Love this photo as it looks like Nico is thinking – aaahhh ghosts, I’m out of here!

across boardboard with diggings to the side

walking in terrace tunnel track

Many of the tailings are left on the side of the track, painstakingly hand-stacked and to help preserve them and some of our more delicate plants there are now board-walks in places along the trail.

moss covered rocks on terrace tunnel walk

Other hand-staked tailings actually form part of the track and are covered in brilliant green mosses and lichen.  Something I love about our native bush, no matter what we throw at her she soon reclaims her home.  Don’t know about you but I think if you wanted to live in an enchanted forest this would be a good place to lay down some roots……..

Tunnel terrace walk goldsborough

If you’re looking for a nice short walk – with lots of history and plenty of green then add Tunnel Terrace walk to you list – you won’t be disappointed.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with their two dogs Nico and Ziggy they enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that help make up the West Coast of the Southern Alps.




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 Tunnel Terrace Walk, Goldsborough – Following in the Footsteps of the Gold Miners

  1. Pam says:

    Yes, Nico does look a little spooked. This is a great walk for those travellers with not much time, who are looking for a break from driving and a nature experience. Is there some sort of landmark to show where the walk starts? Lovely little find Jan.


  2. Don Robertson says:

    Hi – how hard is it to get a permit for your dog?


    • coastingnz says:

      Hi Don, Just phone DOC for the region you want to take your dog and enquire as to the tracks you’d like to take them on – they’ll let you know if can have a permit for that walk or not and then issue. Very straight forward process. Cheers Jan


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