Goldsborough (Shamrock) Track
Time: 4 hr one way
This walk will suit those with a medium to good level of fitness. The track can be walked from either end but is easier going downhill from the old Callaghans township and finishing at the Goldsborough campsite.
From Callaghans, the track follows several steep ridgelines and water races, dropping down to the Shamrock Creek valley where the grade becomes easier for the final 1.5km. The track passes many historic features including mining tunnels, dams, sluice faces, tailings, and water races.
Callaghans Road turnoff is 5.5 km towards Dillmanstown from the Goldsborough campsite. Transport for the return trip should be arranged before departing.
Facilities: 40 non-powered/tent sites, toilets, water from tap
Bookings not required - first come, first served
German Gully Pack Track
Time: 30 min one way
Starting at the Goldsborough campsite the track climbs out of the valley and emerges on the Scandinavian Hill forestry road. The walk passes several old gold working areas and is often included as part of a 90 minute loop walk which includes Goff's Track and part of the Goldborough Track, returning to the campsite.
Time: 45 min one way
Starting at the Goldsborough campsite, Goff's Track turns off the Goldsborough Track about 15 minutes from the start and joins the Scandinavian Hill forestry road. From here a 30 minute climb, which can be rough and slippery in wet weather, links up with the German Gully Track to form a 90 minute loop walk.
Tunnel Terrace Walk
Time: 20 min loop
This a great option for kids with lots to keep them interested.
The walk starts on the road between Stafford and Goldsborough. Entry and exit points are via miners tail race tunnels and the track meanders through old gold workings.
To get to the Goldsborough area, follow SH6 north of Hokitika for 10 km then turn onto Stafford Loop Road. The Goldsborough camping and picnic area is about 6 km along the road.
Alternatively,at Kumara Junction on SH6 (21 km north of Hokitika) turn off onto SH73. After 8 km, at Dillmanstown, turn onto Stafford Loop Road. The Goldsborough camping and picnic area is about 12 km along the road.
History and culture
Goldsborough, as its name suggests, was a town that emerged during the West Coast gold rush. In 1865 this little settlement had a population of 550. You can still see reminders of this activity here,
Know before you go
Stay strictly on the tracks, as there are historic mine shafts scattered through the bush.