Children on the tracks at Denniston

Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons

Introduction

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.

Highlights

  • 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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Video

Place overview

Facilities

  • Information panels

Activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Denniston area

About this place

Getting there

Denniston is 18 km northeast of Westport. From Westport, follow SH67 north for 15 km. Turn right at Waimangaroa onto the road to Denniston. 

Know before you go

Weather on the Denniston Plateau can change unexpectedly. Make sure you take appropriate warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, food and water when embarking on walks in the area.

Contacts

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Kawatiri / Westport Office
Phone:   +64 3 788 8008
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Russell Street
Westport 7825
Postal Address:   PO Box 357
Westport 7866
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