Long Hilly Track

At the end of the Port’s Water Race the track joins the Long Hilly Track. Turn left here and follow the track down past a number of sign-posted historic gold mining sites to the car park on Round Hill Road.

The Long Hilly Track is an extremely popular daywalk, taking in a number of historic mine workings from what was once the largest Chinese mining settlement in New Zealand, dating back to 1874.

There is a loop track available for day-walkers which takes 2 hours 15 minutes.

Turn left out of the Long Hilly Walking Track car park and walk 850m down Round Hill Road to the SH99 junction. Turn left here and then, after 4km, right onto Colac Bay Road. Adjacent to this intersection is the Colac Bay Tavern where meals and camping facilities are available.


Potential hazards:

  • Vehicles on road or track. Take extreme care on roadwalk to Colac Bay
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources on roadwalk

How to get here

Northern Start: End of Ports Water Race Track

Southern End: Junction of Colac Bay Road and SH99, Colac Bay

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

Te Araroa Southland trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying

Mountain Safety Council Plan My Trip
Page last updated: Jan 6, 2021, 11:14 AM