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Gold Miners Inland Pack Track Walk

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The Inland Pack Track was created in the mid 1800’s for gold miners to move through the area. It’s a fantastic 10k walk full of really interesting gold mining history.

Quick Facts

        • Location: West Coast of the South Island
        • Distance: 10.00 kms
        • Time needed: 3 Hours
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 140m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The native bush in this area is very open compared to most coastal areas. The walk down the Pororari River with the towering bluffs is also a change from high bush covered ridges.

  • Track Quality

    Very good, you could walk the track in sandals

  • Hazards

    Trying to cross the Waikori River after a day of rain will be just about impossible!

  • Transport

    No Public transport, but there are plenty of tourist buses passing through Punakaiki.

  • Water

    Yes, out of the side creek on the main track

  • Driving Instructions

    From Westport take highway 67 to Reefton. 6km south turn right on to Highway 6 to Greymouth via Punakaiki. Charleston Township is another 25km. The next point is Fox River at 45km. There is a good walk into Fox River Caves, well worth the walk. The Irimahuwhero lookout is also a good place to stop. Punakaiki is just another 2km.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby


  • Area & Track History

    The Inland Pack Track was created in the mid 1800’s for gold miners to move through the area.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Gold Miners Inland Pack Track Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track – Start

From the town ship, walk south down the main road. Across the Punakaiki River bridge. Then turn to the left at the Grey District sign.

Point 2: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

Now walk to the end of the dirt road to the river. Don’t try to cross this river when it is in flood.

Point 3: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

The start of the track is only 100m down the farm track. There is a small emergency hut on your right just before the track.

Point 4: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

The track starts off with a pleasant grass lined walkway. But don’t be fooled, you have a pleasant 25 minute uphill walk to the saddle.

Point 5: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

The downhill amble is very pleasant you will notice the change in the bush as you walk from the saddle down to the Pororari river.

Point 6: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

At this turn off you need to take the left fork down the Pororari River Track. To the right will take you deep in to the Inland Pack Track.

Point 7: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

The walk down the river is a limited view of the river. You can walk off the track and down to the river, but take care you might walk over the edge of a cliff!

Point 8: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

At the steps, look back up the Pororari River to see the bluffs, they look really neat.

Point 9: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

The next set of steps look like a dead end, but as you reach the top and look round the corner you are met with a little squeeze through some rocks.

Point 10: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

The last bridge to cross. A few minutes more and you can take a few minutes to sit on a bench and look up river for the last time.
You are only 10 minutes from the car park now.

Point 11: Gold Miners Inland Pack Track

From the car park walk out on to the main road and turn left and walk back to your car in Punakaiki township. This should take 15 minutes unless you have a look at the Punakaiki caves on the way.

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4169 Coast Road, Barrytown 7873, New Zealand

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