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Harwoods Hole Track

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Address: Canaan Road | Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve, Takaka Hill, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Nice campsite with beautiful walking track

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 5, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a bit rocky. Keep hold of young childrens hands as its easy to get close... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 fun to drive! It was a nice picnic spot too.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 down and was a bit slow over the rocks. Pretty scenery and lots of birdsong.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 belief. To get a good view you do have to climb a few rocks, which... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 track and would almost be a 4wd track, but careful driving got us through with... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 - fairly ordinary beech forest with occasional limestone outcrops. Last ten minutes is rougher and more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

Take the long hravel road to the carpark, do the walk through the stunning forest, hang around the hole and the 2 lookouts overseeing the upper Takaka area and then: have a coffee or a real fruit ice cream at the Woolshed cafe back at the main road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015

We were on a relaxing day trip from Kaiteriteri to Takaka when we came across the road sign for Harwoods Hole Walk 11 km off Highway on dusty unsealed road. But it was well worth it. Parked the car in the shade and set off on the 45 min easy walk through wonderful beech forest with glimpses of blue sky... More 

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