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Introduction

Explore the rich history of Goldsborough by going on some of the walks in the area. Lengths range from a short 20-minute loop walk, to a longer 4-hour one way track.

Track overview

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

Goldsborough (Shamrock) Track

Time: 4 hours, one way
This walk will suit those with a medium to good level of fitness. The track can be walked from either end but is easier going downhill from the old Callaghans township and finishing at the Goldsborough campsite.

From Callaghans, the track follows several steep ridgelines and water races, dropping down to the Shamrock Creek valley where the grade becomes easier for the final 1.5km. The track passes many historic features including mining tunnels, dams, sluice faces, tailings, and water races.

Callaghans Road turnoff is 5.5 km towards Dillmanstown from the Goldsborough campsite. Transport for the return trip should be arranged before departing. 

Goldsborough campsite.

Goldsborough Campsite

Category: Standard
Facilities: 40 non-powered/tent sites, toilets, water from tap
Bookings not required - first come, first served

German Gully Pack Track

Time: 30 minutes, one way
Starting at the Goldsborough campsite the track climbs out of the valley and emerges on the Scandinavian Hill forestry road. The walk passes several old gold working areas and is often included as part of a 90 minute loop walk which includes Goff's Track and part of the Goldborough Track, returning to the campsite.

Goff's Track

Time: 45 minutes, one way
Starting at the Goldsborough campsite, Goff's Track turns off the Goldsborough Track about 15 minutes from the start and joins the Scandinavian Hill forestry road. From here a 30 minute climb, which can be rough and slippery in wet weather, links up with the German Gully Track to form a 90 minute loop walk. 

Tunnel Terrace Walk

Time: 20 minutes, loop
This walk starts on the road between Stafford and Goldsborough. Entry and exit points are via miners tail race tunnels and the track meanders through old gold workings. 

Getting there

To access the Goldsborough area, turn off SH6, 10 km north of Hokitika onto Stafford Loop Road. Keep an eye out for the camping and picnic area about 6 km along the road. You can also reach Goldsborough from the turnoff at Dillmanstown on SH73.

History and culture

Goldsborough, as its name suggests, was a town that emerged during the West Coast gold rush. In 1865 this little settlement had a population of 550. You can still see reminders of this activity here,

Know before you go

Stay strictly on the tracks, as there are historic mine shafts scattered through the bush.

Contacts

Hokitika Office
Phone:      +64 3 756 9100
Email:   hokitika@doc.govt.nz
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