Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

Harwoods Gold

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Stephanie Berry

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


Save Trail Save

I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 26 ?








Login as a VIP to see driving directions, distance and time.

Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.1%


Login as a VIP to see the trailhead information.

Estimated Times to Run







Start your run by heading out the track marked Harwoods Hole ... it's 2.5kms of glorious single track with some boulder scrambling and tight sections but so much fun. Watch for lots of mud in winter. Be careful at the hole ... it's not fenced off and you wouldn't survive a fall. It's fun scrambling around the rocks but you can't see down the shaft so don't try. Once you've had your fill head back the way you came. Once back at the carpark, take the left hand track onto Gold Creek loop. There's a bit of a climb across farmland on 4 Wheel drive tracks with stunning views on a clear day. There's a couple of fords to cross so you'll get wet feet. When you come to a junction in the track take the right hand track and then you're back on single track for an awesome blat through bush back to the car park.

Harwoods Hole ... the deepest vertical shaft in New Zealand (176 metres). A water-enlarged (but now dry) sinkhole, it drops to an underground river that emerges below and flows into Gorge Creek and then into the Takaka River.

If you know of any public toilets near the trail start or on the route, please login and then let us know so we can update this section.

Plenty of parking.

33 km

56 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

Water available at Carpark

Very muddy in parts in winter. Cold and exposed to wind on a cold weather day.

Take care around Harwoods Hole … it's a big drop if you get too close to the edge. Be Aware.

Trail Legend


Diane Page

has completed Harwoods Gold once in the last year.

Learn about Trail Legends.

You and Harwoods Gold

As a VIP member you can record private notes for this trail, see all of your times and more.

Register Now

Already have an account? Login now

Trail Reviews

Be the first to submit a review for Harwoods Gold!

Login to submit a review

Trail Running Community

Find people who are interested in or have completed this trail run.

You must register or login to view this feature.

Register Now

Overlapping Trails

These overlap with this trail to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate activity for each.

Canaan Wainui Loop

Canaan Wainui Loop

Length: 30.2km

Level: Intermediate - Experienced

Other trails nearby
Salisbury over Arthur

Salisbury over Arthur

Length: 28.0km

Level: Intermediate

Lodestone Loop

Lodestone Loop

Length: 7.0km

Level: Intermediate

Onetahuti Beach to Marahau

Onetahuti Beach to Marahau

Length: 29.0km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Mt. Campbell Climb

Mt. Campbell Climb

Length: 28.0km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Find more trails and peaks nearby