Some people travel half way round the world to experience scenery like this, others to the other side of the world……. well for us we had to travel 40 minutes up the road. How blessed are we!
Just back from a trip to Charleston – little seaside village on the Great Coast Road between Greymouth and Westport. Boasts fantastic fishing, beaches, rock climbing, cave rafting, glow worms, walks, mountain biking and limestone cliffs.
Today we headed up the Nile Valley, following the Nile River. Huge towering limestone cliffs, fantastic sub-tropical native bush, the river that is sub-terrian, travelling in and out of the ground making it rather cold for swimming in – or for some they would say refreshing….. beautiful though with deep pools and you can see it would be tempting on a hot summer’s day…. maybe…….
Fantastic couple of tours you can do here with Norwest Adventures – Underworld Cave Rafting or Glow Worms. These were both described as soft adventures to me so maybe next visit we’ll give them a go. There is also the option of a little train journey up the valley through the primeval native forest. This is a great option for families with small children or perhaps someone not quite so into walking. It is an easy walk though but the little train journey would give you lots of information on the surrounding flora and fauna.
For us, well of course we’re walking. The track basically follows the river and the railway line, meandering in and out of the native forest. It is so peaceful up here and the limestone cliffs are so majestic. The walk leads you to the swingbridge across the Nile River and then on up through the forest to the entrance of the Metro Cave system. No entry unless by permit and even then you have to be certified so best option is with the Norwest Adventures Tour – we’ll be back!
We head back out the valley the same way – it is no hardship to do an in and out walk with scenery this breathtaking. We’re already planning our return visit to this gorgeous part of the West Coast – not quite our backyard but close enough.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for their area, they enjoy getting out and exploring the many wonders of the West Coast. Check out their other blog postings for further suggestions on things to see and do when visiting the West Coast of the Southern Alps.