Woods Creek Track features remnants of tunnels built by gold miners in the 19th century
PHOTO: Baptiste Maryns  ©


This fascinating forest track passes by tailraces and dams and through tunnels built by gold miners in the 19th century.

Track overview

1.1 km loop

Walking and tramping

45 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Be sure to take a torch on this walk to explore the fascinating tunnels once used by gold miners.

In addition to the remnants of tunnels, races and walls of stacked stone you will pass through mature and regenerating forest.

The walk can be covered in under 45 minutes but allow extra time for exploring. Sturdy walking footwear is recommended.

Getting there

Drive south from Greymouth on SH6 for 8 km to Paroa, and turn left onto the road towards Shantytown. Travel down this road for 22 km east, mostly on sealed road, past both Marsden and Dunganville. 

The last part of the road currently passes through an active modern mining site. For safety reasons, obey the signs and stay in your car until you reach the Woods Creek car park.


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