I want to say this is one of my favourite bush walks on the coast, but they are all so lovely. This one is special though – so beautiful and peaceful. Would definitely be my favourite camping spot and would highly recommend to anyone wanting a place to relax and unwind and be at one with nature – sorry that sounds rather mystical or whimsical but really it is a gorgeous spot. We’ve often gone here with a packed lunch and just sat out with our books to enjoy the surroundings.
Today though we’re doing a walk, the Goffs Track. It is a nice loop, winding its way up through the forest following the ridge line. Dense, dense native forest and heaps of bird life. The sun is out and filtering through the trees adding to the atmosphere.
Once at the top we meet with the 4WD track – Scandinavian road – a forestry access road and follow it south towards Hokitika before heading back into the forest and taking the marked trail back down to the start. All in all it is around a 90 minute walk.
The forest is filled with gold mining history with tail races and little tunnels. The start of the trail follows the creek bed and there are some hopeful campers trying their luck with some gold panning.
The boys love it out here – lots of great smells.
We finish our trip with a visit to the historic Stafford cemetery. Unfortunately it is looking a little unloved this visit. It is a shame as our history in NZ is so young and once we loose it it is gone forever. We leave thinking we’ll have to come back with our weed-eater and give it a little tidy up.
Another great walk though and we love getting out and exploring the wonders of the West Coast, hope you enjoy coming walking with us.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the West Coast. They have a great love of the outdoors and their surroundings and enjoying sharing their adventures. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in the area. Check out their activities page for ideas on things to see and do while visiting the West Coast.