Alborns Coal Mine track

Image: Julie Mudge | ©


Reefton is a great place to base yourself and your family. All of these interesting walks can be accessed within 15-minute drive of Reefton.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

15 min - 1 hr 30 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Alborns Coal Mine Track

Time: 1 hr 30 min loop
Distance: 2.7 km

Old Leyland truck.
Historic Leyland truck

Begins at a carpark 9 km along Soldiers Road which leaves the Reefton highway (SH 7) just south of the town.

Scattered among old coal mine workings are remains of makeshift winch equipment, including an old Leyland lorry. Other features are distinctive coal measures, vegetation and views of the Victoria and Paparoa Ranges.

Mother and girls walking
Golden Fleece Battery Walk

Tawhai Walk

Time: 15 min loop

Just south of the Reefton Saddle on the Reefton highway (SH 7) is a picnic area with tap water and a toilet. A track suitable for wheelchairs goes through beech/exotic forest.

Golden Fleece Walk

Time: 15 min loop
Distance: 550 m 

The track starts at the Murray Creek carpark at Blacks Point which is located east of Reefton along SH7.

The track travels along the Murray Creek Track for five minutes before branching off to the right crossing Murray Creek and ending at the Blacks Point Museum. Return to the carpark via SH7.

Kirwans Tunnel Swingbridge Walk

Time: 1hr return

This short walk follows the well graded track up to the impressive tunnel swingbridge at the start of the Kirwans Reward tramp. Return back to the carpark the way you came in.

To find the track from Reefton drive 10km toward Westport along SH69 and turn right onto Boatmans Rd. When the road turns to gravel, continue along until you reach the carpark at the old town site of Capleston.

Getting there

All of these walks can be accessed within 15min drive of Reefton. See track descriptions for directions.


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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