Woods Creek Track

Image: 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


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 road surface changes from tar seal to gravel for the last 10 km and is not recommended for campervans.

Do not drive past Woods Creek car park as the road is not maintained and a culvert has washed out.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Reefton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 732 8391
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rvcinfo@xtra.co.nz
Address:   67–69 Broadway
Postal Address:   PO Box 100
Reefton 7851
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