Located 16km south of Punakaiki, Barrytown is perched at the southern end of Pakiroa Beach and the end of the Croesus Track. The town was settled in the 1860s and was a centre for gold dredging, today the beach is known as the best Jade hunting beach in New Zealand. Also home of Barrytown Knifemaking, where you can forge your own knife from a red hot piece of steel.
At Barrytown Knifemaking You get to forge your own blade from red hot steel, and complete your knife with a native timber handle, brass bolsters and pins. Other free activities include axe throwing, target practice and a huge swing. Lunch is provided, usually toasted sandwiches.
The Croesus Track crosses the Paparoa Range from Blackball in the Grey Valley and finishing in Barrytown. It’s an ideal tramp for people new to tramping. One of the few pack tracks on the West Coast that ascends over 1000 m above sea level, and its high points provide excellent views of the Southern Alps and the sea. The track is also open to mountain bikers, and is a great day ride from Blackball to Barrytown.
Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours
Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours offers you the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers, down one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, unspoiled wild West Coast beaches. On the way, learn about our rich ‘Coast Road’ gold mining and pioneer heritage as if you were a part of it yourself.
The pace is relaxed, with plenty of time for exploring. Activities include gem stone collecting, (Barrytown beach is the best jade hunting beach in NZ), making damper bread, boiling the billy over an open fire, wildlife spotting and photography.