Monthly Archives: July 2014

Craigieburn Ecological Area and Forest – Mountain Biking Unchartered Territory

aaaahhhh, biking through native forest into plantation forest and back into native forest.  Sun shining high in the sky above the mountain tops. Sometimes our job sucks, working in our outside office, but then someone has to do it I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Greymouth – 150 years old

Happy birthday to Greymouth – 150 years old. On 22 July 1864 Reuben Waite, a storekeeper from Collingwood, crossed the Greymouth bar with 70 prospectors in a chartered paddle steamer. He put his supplies ashore and opened the first store … Continue reading

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Greymouth Mighty Mud Challenge

Mud mud glorious mud nothing quite like it for cooling the blood So follow me, follow, down to the hollow and there let us wallow in glorious mud Well if mud cools the blood like “The Hippopotamus by Flanders and … Continue reading

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West Coast Wilderness Trail – Upper Arahura Valley to Kumara

Another magical winter’s day on the West Coast – perfect for our guests Jules from Auckland and her son Max and his girlfriend Lauren from Melbourne.  They are doing a road trip, complete with bikes and skies so lots of … Continue reading

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Walking the beaches of Ross

Well as promised in my last blog we headed back down south to Ross in Westland to explore the local beaches. Talk about a super magic day. Waking to a stunning winter West Coast morning we couldn’t have asked for … Continue reading

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Town born from Gold – Ross

Ross is a town born from gold – from the West Coast gold rush of the 1860s. Ross is most famous in NZ for being the home where New Zealand’s largest ever gold nugget was found – known fondly as … Continue reading

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