Sunday Drive – Kokatahi Valley

Sometimes there is nothing quite like taking a Sunday drive.  No walks – well none of any great exertion but just soaking up scenery, taking roads less traveled and discovering a part of the country you haven’t really seen before – even when it is in your own backyard.

kokatahi valley sunday drive

I’m sure we’re all guilty of it – those farm roads you see or back roads that might take a little longer to get you from A to B.

Our Sunday drive was down to Lake Kaniere,

Lake Kaniere reflections

around the back of the lake to Dorothy Falls

Dorothy Falls Lake Kaniere

and up into the Kokatahi Valley.

Kokatahi Valley mountain views

It was a stunning drive – a drive of contrasts with lake, river, mountain, native bush and lush farmland.  This is dairy farming country and how lucky are these farm animals!  What a place to call home.

misty mountains Kokatahi Valley

Kokatahi River and mountain views

The drive was also filled with ever-changing weather adding to the atmosphere of the views.

Forgotten relics Kokatahi Valley drive

Our ever observant photographer also found these little beauties hiding out – weathering the storm perhaps.

views to hokitika gorge swingbridge

Eventually we ended up at the Hokitika Gorge – yet another stunning area even deeper inland in the Kowhitirangi Valley.  This involved a short walk, our only real exertion for the day, but you’ll have to wait for the next installment for more on that……..

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring the many wonders that help make up the West Coast of the Southern Alps, named one of the top ten regions to visit in the world by Lonely Planet – there is something for everyone.

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 Sunday Drive – Kokatahi Valley

  1. You live in such a stunningly beautiful place.


  2. Pam says:

    The wonderful thing about travelling in New Zealand is that no matter where you are, you’re never too far from a beach, mountains or forest – sometimes is just a matter of an hour or so or even less.


    • coastingnz says:

      We had guests say that very same thing just recently – couldn’t believe how close everyone in NZ is to a beach. Just another reason to be thankful to live in this beautiful country.


  3. Michael says:

    This is the real New Zealand heartland. Also leaves stunning and deep impressions on the “open eyed” traveller. Well done pointing this place out for us Jan und Stephen!


  4. “and how lucky are these farm animals!” That really struck a chord. Every once in a while I drive by a cattle feed lot and all I can think is “those poor creatures.” Then I will drive by open range land, even if its a desert and think how lucky the animals are. –Curt


    • coastingnz says:

      Hear what you are saying – thankfully the majority of our animals here are free roaming – so much land available with so little human population. We do what we can though just to be sure – only buying free range/roaming products and make annual donations to our local SPCA and West Coast Blue Penguin Trust.


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