Children on the tracks at Denniston
Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


Visit the dramatic location of the West Coast's leading coal mine. At Denniston Coalmining Historic Area, wonderful interpretation panels present historic stories and research about the area.


  • Denniston offers magnificent views down to the coastal plains of the Karamea Bight and the mouth of the Waimangaroa River.
  • It was the main township of a collection of mining towns built to service the nearby coal mines. 
  • Although many of the industrial and domestic building have long gone, the remnants of the town and the mine remain as an evocative reminder of life on The Hill.

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Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences.

See more on the Tohu Whenua website.


Find things to do and places to stay Denniston area

The plateau is a fragile environment, plant life and animal habitat is easily destroyed. Keep to vehicle tracks and abide by the off-road care code.

A loop track provides a challenging 11 km journey across a spectacular sub-alpine plateau environment and offers dramatic views of mountain and coastal landscapes. Drive through Denniston township and turn right into Mt Rochfort Road. About 1.5 km along, a signpost on the right indicates the access road leading to the Denniston 4WD loop track.

For the more experienced head towards Burnetts Face and then follow the transmission pylon road from Denniston through to the Iron Bridge, north of Inangahua. The road winds its way through steep terrain with a couple of river crossings. After heavy rain the Mackley River in particular can be impassable. Just before the Iron Bridge exit the road passes through private land. Contact the New Creek Farm owners by phone or text on +64 21 900 089 before your trip.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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