Harwoods Hole Track

Harwoods Hole Track, Takaka Hill: Address, Phone Number, Harwoods Hole Track Reviews: 4.5/5

Harwoods Hole Track
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kiwitraveler92
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand230 contributions
Nice bush walk
Jan. 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed the walk and found it very easy to do. The highlight at the end for us for climbing the rocks and looking at the fossils in them. It is quite dangerous to try see inside the vertical shaft from the big boulders and it is worth noting there are NO barriers if you plan on taking kids with you. You can climb down into the shaft, but I wouldn’t do this unless you are experienced as you need to hold a rope and make your way down loose rock.
Written 10 May 2021
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Kim O
Christchurch, New Zealand107 contributions
Well worth the effort!
Jan. 2021
This had been on our bucket list for a while so we were thrilled to actually get here. It is approximately an 11km drive from the main Takaka Hill road through Cannan Downs (scene in Lord of the Rings movie) on a narrow shingle road but well worth the effort. After arriving at the campsite area it is around 40 minutes walk through a stunning beech forest to Harwoods Hole. The track is wide and flat at first but becomes narrow and rocky in the the last section with big boulders to climb over near Harwoods Hole itself. Upon arriving you look up to realise you have arrived part way down the shaft! Quite an awesome and eerie experience. You can't see the bottom from here and trying to get a view can be quite unnerving as there are no barriers. Getting here is a effort but the rewards are well worth it.
Written 20 January 2021
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sally c
Rotorua, New Zealand148 contributions
A walk with the wow factor
Aug. 2020 • Couples
The walk requires a 10km drive along an unmade road, suitable for any car if you drive with care. We enjoyed the scenery along the way, varied and interesting.

The walk starts through an old forest, oh so quiet. It was wet underfoot but here had been heavy rain the night before.

There are stunning rock formations on the way, which get a bit tricky to navigate when you’re close to Harwoods Hole. Although signs say you can’t see into the shaft, you sort of arrive in it! You look up to see the top.

We did the extra walk to the lookout which is uphill but well worth it for the wide valley view and wonderful rock formations. Do it!
Written 24 August 2020
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mywaypete
Haddam, CT38 contributions
Stunning
Mar. 2020 • Couples
This is a great day event if you’re looking to escape to somewhere extremely quiet with spectacular views. The drive in is a long dirt road only wide enough for one vehicle to get to the campsite. Beautiful scenery all the way. Once you start the trek in, you are overwhelmed by the beautiful forest that’s so quiet, it’s mesmerizing. Song birds and trees blowing in the wind is all you’ll here. Getting to the edge of the hole requires significant agility. 3 point stance is required to get close. You’ll never see the bottom from anywhere...unless your falling, which is not recommended. Seriously, it’s beautiful, and worth it IF your in good shape, and can climb smooth rocks, not afraid of heights, and looking for a quiet place 2 hours from Nelson. Spend another hour round trip going to the viewpoint as well. It’s worth it.
Written 5 March 2020
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floridaherbie
Marco Island, FL150 contributions
Worth the effort
Mar. 2020
Driving 11km on a tricky dirt road is not for everybody's nerves but the award is big. Walking first an easy way through the forest with trees hundreds of years in the making ends at Harwoods Hole. In order to get a good look into the hole you have to climb over huge holders but it is worth the effort. If you still want another kick then try the 15 min walk up to the rim, at the end you have to climb over huge holders with edges like huge knives. The view down in the valley is a little scary but this is the kick you are waiting for!
Written 4 March 2020
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Toon
Eindhoven, The Netherlands301 contributions
Amazing forest and hike to Harwoods Hole
Nov. 2019
If you like a little adventure, it is definitely worth a visit to Harwoods Hole. You have to drive about 11 km on an unsealed road to get to the starting point of the walk. The walk through the beech forest reminds you of LOTR, very beautiful. Listen to the silence and the birds. From the carparking (with picknickplace and toilet) to Harwoods Hole is a 45-minute hike. You have to climb the last part of the track over rocks and trees. At the end of Harwoods Hole track is Harwoods Hole, the deepest vertical shaft in New Zealand (about 180m). There are no barriers and it is very dangerous to approach the edge of the hole. It is not possible to look all the way down to the hole. You can also walk to the spectacular Gorge Creek Lookout with a beautiful view of the Takaka Valley and Gorge Creek. At the Lookout, watch out for the beautiful but very sharp limestone rock formations.
Written 2 January 2020
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Jill E
30 contributions
Go do it!!
Jan. 2019 • Friends
A lovely, easy walk in through the beech trees and then climb towards the end to see the hole. Took us about 3-4 hours because husband chats alot to strangers
Written 20 January 2019
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Brooke B
27 contributions
Nice little hike
Apr. 2018 • Couples
We took the dirt road off the Takaka Hill Highway to Harwoods Hole track, which is right at the base. The drive in is slow and a bit bumpy (roughly 11km), although plenty doing it with a smaller car or camper van, unlike our small 4WD. Some sections are quite steep and narrow, especially if you have to pass another vehicle. At the very base there are drop toilets and basic facilities. The hike is through flat forest for the first 2km, then descends and ascends into scrambling rock territory. Have fun! When you emerge from the scramble, it’s either 350m up the hill to the viewing platform or continue straight over rocks again for 400m to get the cave mouth itself. Loved this little walk, a great chance to stretch the legs and do some forest bathing!
Written 25 April 2018
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Lee-Ann M
9 contributions
Hardwoods Hole is magical!
Mar. 2018 • Solo
This place really is like walking through the lord of the rings (I am pretty sure parts of it were filmed here?!) anyway, it’s a remarkable place to really experience the wonders of nature.

Be sure to take good shoes as the hiking trail is my like boulder hoping! But hopefully you won’t mind because you are in such an amazing place filled with beech trees and limestone rocks.

Make sure you’re prepared for a long 30 minute drive on gravel to get here and it’s probably best going here on a dry day so the rocks aren’t slippery.
Written 27 March 2018
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Missionsonroad
Christchurch, New Zealand54 contributions
Poor condition of road and requires advanced planing
Dec. 2017 • Family
Needs 30 mins to reach the car park _ only 11km distance but the road is terrible. Another 30mina out and 1-2 hours walking. So require up to 3 hours to see this hole. Nearly half day is gone. Won't recommend if you have a busy schedules and want to fit in a few activities.
Written 27 December 2017
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