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Harwoods Hole Track

Canaan Road | Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve, Takaka Hill, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9339
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Nice trek but requires care towards the end

About a 40 minute trek from the parking lot through woods that resemble some sort of movie scene... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
DanandCollette
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Fairplay, Colorado
Harwoods Hole and Lookout

A lovely 40 minute walk takes you to Harwood's Hole. The trach is initially gentle through beech... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2017
John_Pemberton
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Takaka, New Zealand
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“beech forest” (14 reviews)
“great walk” (10 reviews)
“tree trunks” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Canaan Road | Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve, Takaka Hill, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

About a 40 minute trek from the parking lot through woods that resemble some sort of movie scene. Moss covered tree trunks, dead limbs, sparse vegetation, somewhat eerie. The trek is simple at first but soon follows a streambed that has large boulders and requires...More

Thank DanandCollette
Reviewed April 18, 2017

A lovely 40 minute walk takes you to Harwood's Hole. The trach is initially gentle through beech forest but towards the hole you thread between smooth limestone rocks. The hole is 170m sheer and it is not easy to see down. Be very careful. Just...More

Thank John_Pemberton
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

Amazing walking track through a beech forest, with stunning rock formations around the hole. The carpark based campsite is spacious with well maintained toilets. Small fee applies for campers.

Thank Aden J
Reviewed January 27, 2017

Starting with a wonderful shady native bush walk the track into Harwoods Hole is like a scene out of the Lord of the Rings movie, actually part of it was filmed up there. About 45 min walk into the hole with the last section being...More

Thank Simon E
Reviewed January 11, 2017

Really really enjoyed this walk on a level track with only some rocks to negotiate towards the end. The beech forest is so lovely and the hole, although there is not really so much to see, is amazing nevertheless. The drive in was tricky, but...More

Thank kiwirunner2015
Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

The drive in is well worth it. This is a great walk through beech forest and fantastic rock formations. Our teenage daughters who weren't that interested beforehand absolutely loved it and were pleased we made them do it too!

Thank Ali C
Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the walk in, my first in a beech forrest. Was beautiful and very peaceful. Very easy walk for 20 - 30 minutes until you hit a rocky area about 15 minutes from the end. I am not very sure footed so slowed...More

Thank Antarisha
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing piece of geography. The walk to Harwood's Hole is through a birch wood forest which on the day we went was so still and quiet it feels like something out of a fantasy novel. The hole itself is huge, almost beyond...More

Thank Shauna B
Reviewed June 19, 2016

On top of the Takaka Hill in an area called "Canaan Downs" is the geological feature "Harwood's Hole" the largest sink hole in the Southern Hemisphere. Firstly you must travel off the main road down Canaan Road for 11km which is a narrow windy farm...More

1  Thank Ian G
Reviewed June 7, 2016

The value of this walk needs to be balanced against the 11km goat track drive to get to it. Until the last ten minutes to either the lookout or the hole itself the track is generally smooth and easy going but not stunningly scenic -...More

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