See & Do

Awatuna / Goldsborough

10 kms North of Hokitika is the Awatuna and Goldsborough area, known for its goldmining history and scenic surrounds. 


Awatuna is set near the main highway just a short stroll to the beach and near the historic Goldsborough area. 


Goldsborough, as its name suggests, was a town settled in the quest for gold. At the end of 1864, the rush for gold began and a population of around 1000 was recorded during its heyday. Like all gold rushes, the town dwindled when the gold ran out.

You can still see reminders of this activity here but beware! Those on the many walks in the area are advised to stay strictly to tracks as there are mine shafts scattered throughout the bush. And if you want some of the shiny stuff yourself, Goldsborough is a public fossicking area so all you need is a gold pan to start collecting your riches. There is a great DoC campsite here too. 

Browse the listings below to learn more about Awatuna and Goldsborough. 

See & Do

Arahura Greenstone Tours
PH: 03 755 6937 E: FREEPH: 0800 545 055

Guided along the sacred Arahura River you will journey and learn the significance of Pounamu important to the Kati Waewae Hapu (West Coast Tribal Authority). Authentic Legends will be shared passed down through generations from the local Maori elders. Arahura Greenstone tour is an unique culture, finding, carving experience.  Find and make your own piece of New Zealand History on the last private river on earth.

German Gully Pack Track & Goffs Track Loop - Walk

LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

Time: 1.5 hour loop
Access: Starts at Goldsborough camping area, crosses creek & climbs via German Gully Track to Scandinavian Hill Rd. Turn north here and return by Goffs Track & part of the Goldsborough Track.
Features: Historic goldmining features in regrowth native forest.

Tunnel Terrace Walk

LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

Time: 20 minute loop
Access: Signposted on Stafford-Goldsborough roadside with carpark.
Features: Track enters and exits through old goldmining tailrace tunnels and meanders through old gold workings. Passes through regenerating rimu, kamahi and tree fern forest. A great place to see glowworms at night. 

Goldsborough / Shamrock Track - Tramp

LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

Time: 4 hours one way. 8 km. 
Access: Starts at Goldsborough camping area. Ends on Callaghans Rd. Walk back along road or return transport required.
Features: Both ends of track feature signs of historic goldmining, including fine tunnels on Shamrock Ck. The higher portions of the track are one of the best remaining local examples of hill-country rimu & miro forest.

Goldsborough & Kumara - Scenic Drive

LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

A loop drive that takes in many historic sights. Head north from Hokitika to the historic goldmining town of Goldsborough where you can try your own luck at the public gold fossicking area at the DoC campground or see old gold workings at the easy Tunnel Terrace Walk. Go over a short section of gravel road (suitable for 2wd vehicles) and turn left at Dillmanstown onto highway 73 towards Kumara. Along the way you might want to visit Londonderry Rock, it is big! Enjoy the revitalised town of Kumara before heading back to Hokitika. This trip can be done in reverse too. 

Goldsborough - Picnic Area

LOCATION : Awatuna/Goldsborough

For those who want to do the Tunnel Terrace Walk or Goldsborough tracks and take advantage of the public gold fossicking area, Goldsborough DoC campground offers picnic tables, information panels, grassed area and toilets.


Awatuna Homestead
PH: (03) 755 6834 E:

Timeless, country elegance in a villa-style homestead with well-appointed bedrooms and bathrooms. Guest lounge - a favourite, country kitchen, farm-style Continental breakfast, B&B basis. Evening Pacific-rim cuisine in the dining room, enclosed veranda or garden courtyard. As we cook exclusively for our guests prior reservation essential, please contact us.

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