West Coast bush – just when you think it can’t get any better we find another track to explore and the bush scenery surpasses our past explorations elsewhere.
ok, so for this walk I’m breaking it into two blogs to hopefully do the photos justice and not overload you too much. It was today’s walk and we did it in one hit but it was two walks put together – if that makes sense.
We headed North-East of Greymouth to Nelson Creek. This is an old gold-mining area – as much of the West Coast is so lots of tracks in the bush to explore. We park around the back at the carpark for Gows Creek rather than the picnic area and start with Colls Dam walk. Sign says 40 minutes return, loop track.
The forest here is gorgeous with huge Rimu trees looming above and their foliage hanging down. It is predominately a beech forest – silver beech and the track is a carpet of fallen beech leaves. Above you can hear the buzz of bees and wasps. Thankfully the trees are very tall and the buzz is high in the canopy – otherwise I’d be outer there!
The track meanders through the forest floor – an easy, flat track, suitable for wheelchairs and passing by historic Colls Dam where we get some nice reflections. There are also great examples of tail races and tailings along the way.
Eventually we come to the junction – continue on our loop track or take the next track Callaghan’s track to follow the ridgeline. This is a one way track 45 minutes to the top – why not, we’ve got all day, let’s go and explore……..
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road, north of Greymouth. They love getting out and exploring the many wonders that make up the beauty of the West Coast. Check out their other blogs or activities page for suggestions on things to see and do.