Reefton – Alborns Mine Walk

relics in the bush alborns mine walk

West Coast bush – you just never know what she might be hiding.  With so much history on the West Coast there is bound to be something hiding in the undergrowth.  Alborns Mine walk near Reefton is one such place.  It is an abandoned coal mine high up in the beech forest of the Victoria Forest Park.

Heading West from Reefton and after winding our way up for 9kms we come to the car park.  Very nondescript hiding well the secrets that lay within the bush.

alborns mine walk  reefton

boardwalk alborns mine walk

DOC have done a wonderful job of the walking track with numerous board-walks to help protect the regrowth of the vegetation.  It is a dense forest thick with Beech trees, manuka trees and shrubs shedding their bark and moss-covered low growth and old logs.

steps in the bush Alborns Mine walk

The trail meanders up, down and around through the bush with occasional relics lying wasting and slowly merging with the undergrowth.  This was once a family coal mine left now to slowly rust and let nature re-embrace her.  As we wander along we come across a new mine – Oceania Gold Mine and it is amazing to see the contrast of the old mine verses the new mine.  You can do a tour around the gold mine but we’ll leave that to another day.

views to gold mine workings alborn mine walk

Eventually the trail brings us to some wonderful relics – an old Leyland truck rusting away and a winching relic.  The history the bush holds on to always amazes me.  You can image this beauty in her glory days.  Not a bad place to be left to let lie – surrounded by this magnificent native bush and the call of the bird song.

Leyland truck relic Alborns mine

leyland truck on alborns mine walk reefton

relics in the bush alborns mine walk reefton

The track continues to lead us through the forest doing a nice loop back to the car park.

West Coast native bush – glorious on her own but fill of hidden treasures and keeping many secrets of our history.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and exploring the many wonders of the West Coast and enjoy sharing their adventures and discoveries.  Check out their other blog postings or Activities page on their website for things to see and do when visiting the West Coast of the Southern Alps.


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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9 Responses to Reefton – Alborns Mine Walk

  1. joshi daniel says:

    nice greenery and cool rusted look 🙂

  2. bulldog says:

    I love the relics.. if they could only talk… they must have seen some magnificent trees grow around them… the rust colour just merges so well into the natural surrounds…

  3. scott2608 says:

    Wonderful photo set and the old truck is great.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Scott. The truck is pretty cool – amazing being up there – when you see how dense the bush is it is like how did it even get in here – amazing how quickly the bush takes things back.

  4. Old machinery has a charm that definitely speaks of the past. I agree with bulldog, “If they could only talk.” The trip that Peggy and I took up the Alaska Highway this summer featured numerous old vehicles that had been used in building the old highway in the early 40s. It seemed like every town had to feature old tractors and trucks. –Curt

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