Kirwans Track

Victoria Forest Park

  • 2 – 3 days loop track
  • Easy/medium

This classic circuit explore Reefton's gold history, starting from the site of the Capleston gold town and leading up to a spectacular hut on Kirwans Hill. Visit an open cast mine site with aerial ropeway, and a large quartz stamper battery.

Lord Brassey Berdans • By Matthew. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
2 – 3 days
Distance
43.5km
Type
Loop track
Loop track
Grade
Easy/medium
The long climb to Kirwans Hut has 1100m elevation gain. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Capleston, Boatmans Road, Reefton
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Maps
NZTopo50-BS22
NZTopo50-BS21
NZTopo50-BT22
Altitude
200m – 1,315m
Altitude change 1,115m
More information
Link
www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/victoria-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/kirwans-track-and-waitahu-valley/http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/victoria-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/kirwans-track-and-waitahu-valley/

This track is usually walked in a clockwise direction. Start the track at Capleston or the Gannons Bridge car park at the end of Gannons Road. 

Lord Brassey stamper battery Kirwans Creek April 2011 • By glennj. Licence: C.

Walking times

  • Capleston to Kirwans Hut: 4.5 hours, 13.3km
  • Kirwans Hill and return: 1.5 hours, 4.2km
  • Kirwans Hut to Montgomerie Hut: 3.5 hours, 9.7km
  • Montgomerie Hut to Gannons Bridge: 3.5 hours, 12.9km
  • Capleston Pack Track, Gannons Bridge to Capleston: 1 hour, 3.4km
Map
ID 280

About this track

Added 1 June 2001 by MatthewMatthew. 3 revisions, most recently 31 January 2018 by MatthewMatthew.
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