Waiwhero Valley – a walk to nowhere

walk up the Waiwhero valley

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.

Nico and Ziggy in the swamp

wading through 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.

crossing the creek bed Waiwhero valley

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.

NZ Nature up Waiwhero valley

summer's walk up Waiwhero Valley

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.

Waiwhero Creek bed

summers walk up the valley

We just keep walking – not really aiming to go anyway, just enjoy our surroundings and the lovely summers day.

Jan, Nico and Ziggy - a loving moment

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.

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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4 Responses to Waiwhero Valley – a walk to nowhere

  1. bulldog says:

    Not only does it sound like paradise .. it looks it as well… I just love the NZ names of places and rivers… we should use more of the local names here by us… some of the old Zulu names just roll off the tongue like your NZ names seem to… love your blog…


  2. coastingnz says:

    Thanks! Some of our names are tongue twisters though but once you’ve said them once or twice you can get the hang of them. I enjoy driving along and seeing the place and river names and then trying to pronounce them…..until I come to the next place or river and have to try a new one.


  3. I really like the perspective on the first photo. Big dog, little person. The photo of the tree with moss reminds me of the California Redwoods where I was last week. –Curt


  4. coastingnz says:

    tee hee Curt – I hadn’t noticed the big dog little person look of the photo – that is classic. I was a bit late posting this blog – forgot I hadn’t posted it so we are into winter now, definitely not tee-shirt and singlet weather any more. Still getting out and exploring though – still so much to see and that is just in our region of NZ!


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