Lyell Creek & The Lyell Walkway

Upper Buller Gorge Road
Lyell, West Coast
This is one of seventeen areas set aside in the South Island where anyone can freely enjoy panning for gold (fossicking) without a mining permit.
Fossicking is searching for and collecting materials from the land surface or by digging by hand.

You can picnic and camp here.

Lyell was once a booming township.

A loop walkway 3 kilometres long (about 2 hours) traverses pretty beech forest and explores the history of the gold mining town, including the cemetery, stamper battery, diversion tunnel, and dray road.

There are information panels on-site.

The projected 160 kilometer Old Ghost Road Cycle Trail follows a historic gold miner's route that connects the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) heading northward to the mighty Mokihinui River, then joining the Charming Creek Walkway and the Denniston Plateau on the wild West Coast. Once complete the full ride will make a complete back-country loop for intermediate to advanced riders.
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