After an 11km drive on a reasonably good gravel road (Cannan Road) we arrived at the Cannan carpark and the start of the walk to Harwoods hole.
From the Carpark, a 45minute, 2.2km walking track leads through beech forest with stunning limestone rock formations framing the track.
Harwoods Hole is a cave system located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand, in the Abel Tasman National park. The hole is the deepest vertical shaft in New Zealand and is 50m diameter and 183m deep.
At a junction in the track, the right-hand branch leads to spectacular Gorge Creek Lookout with stunning views of the Takaka Valley and Gorge Creek. Care is required reaching the lookout as the track traverses very sharp limestone rock formations.
From State Highway 60, near the top of the Takaka Hill, follow an unsealed 11 km side road (Canaan Road) to Canaan Carpark where there is a campsite, toilet, water and orientation sign.