2 Days 21 km


  • Gold mining history
  • Swingbridges
  • Lush native forest



This area also has mountain bike and 4WD trails.

Discover some of New Zealand's finest native beech forest, as well as relics from the region's gold mining past.

Big River Track Itinerary

Surrounding the historic west coast town of Reefton, the rugged and mountainous Victoria Conservation Park covers 209,000 hectares. 


Waiuta > Big River Hut

Travel through gold mining country as you follow an old pack track to the Big River South mine, the St George Mine and stamping battery. Spend the night at the Big River mining township, where you will discover a wealth of gold mining history.


Big River > Inangahua Swingbridge

Journey past the Golden Lead Battery site and numerous historic relics, including coalmine trams, sawmills and abandoned hut sites. Enjoy picturesque views and changing forest canopy before crossing the Inangahua River Swingbridge.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

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Getting there:

This track can be walked in either direction.

  • Waiuta: From Greymouth follow SH7, turn at Waiuta Road, then follow Blackwater Road to Waiuta.
  • Reefton: Follow SH7 South-east from Reefton to Soldier's Road.


Need to know:

Weather can change rapidly in this area, be prepared and check weather forecasts before setting out.

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