Other activities


  • Explore the Brakehead at the top of the Incline with interpretation panels explaining the engineering and social history
  • Download the Denniston Rose Trail application - iPhone only - and see where Rose grew up. (This book sold over 70,000 copies)
  • Walk to the Banbury Arches - huge dry stone arches

Westport and Surrounding Areas

  • Visit the Seal Colony at Tauranga Bay
  • Head North and discover the gigantic limestone Oparara arches bridging the river 
  • Take a stroll along the magnificent Charming Creek Walkway
  • Drive the Great Coast Road from Greymouth to Westport (Top 101 Things to Do in NZ List)
  • How about a challenging bike ride/tramping excursion on The Old Ghost Road?

Visit Westport I-Site and CoalTown Museum for more information

Denniston Walking Tracks

Denniston has a variety of walking tracks that weave their way through the spectacular plateau landscape and through the remnants of the abandoned Denniston township. Stretch your legs with a 30 minute stroll or take a small pack and venture out for a pleasant half-day hike.

Enjoy a steep bush walk up the original bridle track completed in 1884 or take a pleasant stroll around Denniston's first settlement known as 'The Camp' and the Banbury Arch viewpoint. Wander through the old streets of Denniston township, passing by the bowling green and old residential sections with brick chimneys still evident in various stages of decay.

For the more energetic, pack your running shoes or bring your mountain bike.

What to expect on the walking track:

  • Easy to moderate walking, from a few minutes to a half-day hike
  • Tracks are mostly well-formed, however some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
  • Suitable for people with low to moderate fitness and abilities
  • Routes are clearly signposted. All stream and river crossings are bridged
  • Walking shoes or light tramping/hiking boots are required

Further information about Denniston walking tracks can be found on the Department of Conservation website


Denniston Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is an increasingly popular recreational activity and provides access to different environments and challenging terrain. Denniston is the perfect location for mountain biking, offering 9 exciting rides. Track surfaces vary from gravel roads to rocky tracks and some short walking sections. All circuits have sections of track that range from Grade 2 (easy) up to Grade 3 (intermediate).

With its unique environment situated 25 km east of Westport and 600 metres above sea level, the Denniston Plateau has a fragile ecosystem and a wealth of human history, providing an opportunity high in natural, historic and recreational values. Responsible mountain biking will ensure these areas are cared for and that access is maintained for all users.

Further information about mountain biking on the Denniston Plateau can be found on the Department of Conservation website