Today we headed north of home, up the coastline towards Punakaiki. Just along from the Waiwhero Scenic Reserve we head inland for a walk up the Waiwhero Valley. There isn’t a designated track as such, this used to be an old road and we’re going to be following the creek bed.
We take the turn at Te Papuka Road and follow that as far as it goes. Loaded up with camera gear – I seem to have become the photographer’s helper, we head towards the creek bed. There used to be a 4WD road all the way up here but after years of rain (not constant obviously!) and limited usage it has pretty much all been washed away. Doesn’t matter – it is easy enough to walk up the creek bed.
The first section is through overgrown scrub and grass before meeting the creek and then following it. We have yet another stunning day and the creek bed is pretty low after 7 weeks of no rain.
Some of the rocks in the creek area bit slippery – not enough water flow running over them so caution is required in places. The boys enjoy the coolness of the water on their feet and a never-ending water bowl. The bush line is stunning – mostly native bush with the odd tree down creating a challenge.
We just keep walking – not really aiming to go anyway, just enjoy our surroundings and the lovely summers day.
After a short stop for a bite to eat, we check the time and decide we should head back.
Another gorgeous day in the back country of the West Coast – another gorgeous day in paradise.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth with the help of their two faithful friends Nico and Ziggy. They all enjoy getting out and about and exploring the coast. Check out their activities page if you’re thinking of heading over for suggestions on things to see and do.