Denniston walking track

Image: Baptiste Maryns | ©

Introduction

Take a historic walk on the same tracks that residents and miners used over a hundred years ago in the coal mining township, and explore the many relics still present.

Track overview

1.1 km | 2 km

Walking and tramping

40 min | 1 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Interpretation panels alongside the tracks bring the history of the Denniston township to life.

Brakehead Walk

Time: 40 min loop
Distance: 1.1 km

Starting from the car park above the Brakehead, this walk leads to a viewpoint at the top of the famous Denniston incline, past Denniston’s first settlement ‘The Camp’ and on to the Banbury Arch (a drystone arch) viewpoint. It returns via the historic mine workshop site. You can see
many relics from Denniston’s past on this walk.

Coalbrookdale Walk

Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 2 km

A good gravel road behind Denniston (still used by coal trucks) leads to the start of the walkway that follows part of the cable-car rope road that carried coal from the mines to the top of the Denniston Incline. Relics include tunnels, foundations, a haulage winch and the country’s
best remaining example of a mine fanhouse.

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. 

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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