Nelson Creek Walks – Part 2, Callaghan’s Track

following the old tailrace Callaghans track, Nelson Creek

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.

Rata vines and fern trees Nelson Creek walks

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…..

climbing the ridgeline Callaghans track, Nelson Creek

Along the top, the track turns to moss – soft and spongy and full of colour.

Callaghans track following the moss

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.

life cycle begins again in the forest

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.

back up the stairway to heaven to colls dam walk

colls dam walk nelson creek walks

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.

About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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6 Responses to Nelson Creek Walks – Part 2, Callaghan’s Track

  1. bulldog says:

    “Darn I love living here!” something I say so often of where we are… but the walk does look so wonderful.. and interesting… thanks for sharing… now where we going next.??


  2. coastingnz says:

    It is great that we live in such wonderful places Bulldog, that we are able to say just that. Look forward to taking you on our next adventure!……


  3. Those look like two happy dogs running around the trail!


  4. Laura Honey says:

    Hi Jan and Stephen,

    Beautiful photos! Just wondering if you’d mind any of these images being used on the DOC website? With credit of course.

    Many thanks,


    • coastingnz says:

      Hi Laura. Thanks. Stephen actually sells his photos – doesn’t mind them being shared on Facebook or via blog but when it comes to website he is usually paid. I will talk to him though as I’m assuming you are just meaning those little photos when you click on an area for more information? Drop me an email probably easier.


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