Nelson Creek walks

Track category

Short walk


Callaghans Track

Time: 45 min

This easy to moderate track climbs steadily to a mossy knoll lookout point where you get a view into the bush clad valleys on either side of the ridge. On the way to the lookout point the track crosses a couple of deep tail races and a large water race as well as passing through regenerating beech. As the track climbs the forest is mostly podocarp/hardwood with rimu, miro, rata, quintinia and kamahi being the most common species. After the lookout point, the track levels out and eventually links with Prices Creek Road- a forestry road. Return by the same route.

Tailrace Walk

Time: 20 min

This short walk crosses a number of impressive tailraces. Old gold workings are also visible throughout the red and silver beech which are the dominant tree species.

Colls Dam walk.
Colls Dam walk

Colls Dam Walk with wheelchair access

Time: 40 min

This high quality walk must be started from Gows Creek carpark if you wish to get wheelchair access. The walk takes in some good examples of tailraces and tailings as well as providing a pleasent lookout point above the historic Colls Dam and a lookout point at a memorial seat.

Getting there

From Greymouth follow SH 7 about 25 km North to Ngagere. Turn right at the Ngahere-Kopara Road and carry on to the Nelson Creek Settlement. The picnic, camping area and walks are located opposite Nelson Creek Hotel. To find the starting point for the following walks, walk through an old hand picked tunnel and cross the Nelson Creek Suspension bridge.

Plan and prepare

  • You should wear comforatable footwear and take wet weather clothes as the West Coast is known for sudden changes in weather. Wasps will be present through out this area in summer.
  • Take care off formed tracks as shafts and tunnels are scattered throughout the area.

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