The Rameka Track is a historic pack trail that dates back to the early prospecting days. This stunning trail that takes you through native Beech forest was once upon a time one of the only access points into golden bay and provided a route off of Canaan Downs into the valley.
Although it is very hard to find any information about the Rameka online, we have confirmed with DOC that it is horse accessible and this is further reinforced in all the signage at Canaan Downs Campsite.
The trail starts 10 minutes up from the Canaan Downs car park on Pages Saddle which also has a lovely DOC campsite nestled amongst the Forest. The Rameka is one of the only DOC approved horse trails through National Park and it's a real treat riding through pristine virgin native forest.
The first hour or so slowly descends through stunning multi-storey Beech forest along a lovely single-trail, flanked by moss covered rocks, native ferns and some truly fascinating flora/fauna: Giant snail shells and bright purple mushrooms among them.
At the end of the DOC section of the track, the trail makes its way onto publicly accessible private land along a well maintained farm track. There are numerous off-shoots of mountain biking track along the way as well but it is unclear whether these are suitable for horses.
By the time you reach the valley floor, you would have lost 700 m of height from the start of the Rameka.
Harwoods Hole Track Canaan Road, Takaka Hill 7198, New Zealand