Stephen’s phrase for today – “a day of reflection”……
New Zealand is a cyclist haven and thanks to a Government initiative more and more cycle trails are coming on-line enabling access to areas not normally available to the general public. Submissions could be made and funding applied for. The West Coast put in a proposal and funding was granted for the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Today we headed out to check on the progress so far.
We started our ride on what would be Day 2 – in the back of Kumara and were heading to Milltown. We had to park in a safe place away from the road as we naturally had the dogs Nico and Ziggy with us – come on, they come everywhere, couldn’t leave them out of this adventure.
Dillsmantown is our starting point, following the edge of the lake before joining the pole track through to the Old Christchurch Road. The skies were very overcast to the point of threatening. Playing it safe we had our rain jackets but after 10 minutes riding we were soon stopping to shed a layer or two. No rain, no wind and very mild temperatures – perfect riding weather.
After a short section along the Old Christchurch Road we head inland to follow the Kawhaka water race to the junction of the Kawhaka creek to Milltown. Magic would be the only way of describing this section. No wind means absolute still water creating the most amazing reflections. It really was breath-taking, surrounded by native bush, crystal clear calm water and mountains towering in the background.
Once we reach the end of the water race the track meanders along the edge of the Kawhaka River heading towards Lake Kaniere. Unfortunately we were short on time – reality still bites and we have to get home to meet tonight’s guests due at the b&b.
Turned around and heading back through the trail, winding its way through lush West Coast rain forest. We pick up the pace a little but soon realise this is quite a long ride, especially for the dogs so Stephen takes off ahead – with the keys to the car so he can come back and pick me and the boys up. I now go at Nico’s pace – 8 years old, the big fella does really well. Nice sometimes to slow down and enjoy your surroundings.
Soon we’re back at the spillway and Stephen rounds the corner with the car. Boys are more than happy to climb in the back – little treat for being so good, Ziggy can smell it in my hydropak – hilarious!
Certainly been a day of reflection and for reflections but now it’s time to head for home but wow – this place is stunning – better still we live here!
Well done to the Wilderness Trail Trust on the job done so far – look forward to checking out the progress from the Hokitika side – maybe next week’s ride…….
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation north of Greymouth together with their faithful friends Nico and Ziggy. They all love getting out and exploring the West Coast and enjoy sharing their adventures with you and their guests. Check out their activities page or other blog postings for more things to see and do while on the West Coast.