View from Point Elizabeth Walkway lookout

Image: Deb Hogan | DOC


Explore what was once one of New Zealand's most productive coal mines, or discover gold mining relics, coastal scenery or a waterfall on walks in the area.

Place overview


  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

History and culture

Ramble round the ruins of the old Blackball Coal Mine site make for an evocative industrial heritage experience. The Brunner Mine historic area combines fascinating history, extensive mining ruins, a great natural setting.

Getting there

Travel down SH6 via Westport or turn off SH6 at Inangahua Junction and drive down via Reefton on SH69 and SH7. You can also get there from the south using SH6. 

Those arriving on the West Coast using SH73 over Arthur's Pass need to turn right onto SH6 at Kumara Junction. 

Walks in this area are accessed from SH6 to the north of Greymouth or from SH7 to the west. Backcountry areas can be accessed from local highways and roads. Often access is through private land.

There is also the TranzAlpine train which travels from Christchurch to Greymouth return each day.

Know before you go

You should wear comfortable footwear and take wet weather clothes as the West Coast is known for sudden changes in the weather.

Weather conditions can change rapidly - rain can make even small streams rise quickly, and slips and damage to bridges can occur. Before starting out it is best to check with your local DOC office for the latest weather and track conditions.

In areas where gold mining has occurred it is advisable to keep to the track as there could be mine shafts scattered through the area, many often covered by vegetation.


Māwhera / Greymouth Office
Phone:   +64 3 768 0427
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   17 High Street
Greymouth 7805
Postal Address:   PO Box 370
Greymouth 7840
Reefton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 732 8391
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   67–69 Broadway
Postal Address:   PO Box 100
Reefton 7851
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