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