Harwood's Hole

Abel Tasman National Park

  • 2 hr return via same track
  • Easy/medium

Short walk to Harwood's Hole, a deep vertical shaft.

Harwood's Hole • By Matthew. Licence: cc by-nc.
Key information
Walking time
2 hr
Distance
5.8km
Type
Return via same track
Return via same track
Grade
Easy/medium
Vertical shaft and cliffs are unfenced Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Canaan car park, at the end of the 11km Canaan Downs Road, off SH60
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Maps
NZTopo50-BP25

Harwood's Hole is a dry sinkhole, and at 176m New Zealand's deepest natural vertical shaft. The hole was only entered as recently as 1958, and remains accessible only to experienced cavers, although a walk to the mouth is worthwhile.

Warning: the shaft is unfenced. Take extreme care with children. Do not throw rocks into the shaft as cavers may be below.

The walk sets off from the car park and camping area through dry beech forest. After 30 minutes, a side trail leads up to an outcrop of delicately fluted marble with limited views of the hole but good views of the Takaka Valley to the west. The main trail continues along a rocky gully to the hole itself. The walls of the hole extend high above, and also far below, with the bottom of the shaft well and truly hidden from sight.

Map
ID 7604

About this track

Added 7 January 2012 by MatthewMatthew. 2 revisions, most recently 7 January 2012 by MatthewMatthew.
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