Welcome back…… we’ve just done the first section of Colls Dam walk and joined up with Callaghan’s Track at Nelson Creek. The sign says 45 minutes to the top. This whole area is an historic gold mining area so the forest is filled with old tailraces and tailings. Callaghans track starts following the little creek before heading straight up the ridgeline through the beech forest. I know I’ve said it before, but it is so beautiful in here.
Climb, climb, climb up through the forest with huge rimu trees and countless beech trees. As we climb we notice a change in vegetation – there are heaps and heaps of rata vines up here, embracing the rimus and the beech trees. They make a spectacular sight.
The day started chilly and overcast so we are dressed for the cooler conditions – not so good when climbing up through the forest as we soon start to overheat. Sweater off and pants rolled up to help get some air flow – or is it just an excuse for a breather…..
Along the top, the track turns to moss – soft and spongy and full of colour.
There are signs of regeneration of the forest starting. We find some patches of moss covered in new growth – about four different types of ferns, miro and matai trees and keikei. And so the life cycle begins again.
Our track ends after reaching a forestry/farming road with instructions to head back the way we came. More caution is required this time as some of the tree roots are wet and slippery but surprisingly the steeper sandstone sections are quite grippy. Back to the bottom and we’re greeted by the stairway to heaven to meet back with our Colls Dam track and finish the loop back to the car.
West Coast bush – just when we think it can’t possibly get any better! Darn I love living here!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They love getting out and exploring the wonders of the West Coast and sharing their adventures. Check out their other blog postings or activities page for suggestions on things to see and do should you be in the area.