Rewanui Incline in the Summer Sunshine

rewanui incline with coloured wild flowers

oh summer sun so lovely to see you and feel your warmth on my back as I walk.


enjoying walk up rewanui incline

We’re heading up Rewanui Incline in the hills behind Dunnolie.  This is coal mining country and we’re following the old incline from the railway that serviced the coal mines up the valley.

tunnel of love walking rewanui incline

It is so beautiful up here – gorgeous colours with orange and yellow meadow flowers in bloom, wonderful contrasts of green in the native bush and grass and then the deep blue skies above.  Not to mention that great big yellow thing high in the sky.

Rewanui incline with views to Mt Davey

We have vistas to die for, heading deep into the valley with the river gorge below.  The incline takes us through two tunnels and offers great views up to Mt Davey.

cyclists on rewanui incline

It is nice to see some others out enjoying the sunshine.  This little girl was having a blast with her Granddad – great way to get kids making the most of the outdoors.

boys cooling off rewanui incline walk

Feeling hot, hot, hot, hot……  Our kids were feeling the heat so we did out best to find them a bit of water for a cooling off  mid way up.

rewanui incline valley walk

Back on the trail and it is so peaceful up here.  Nice to be having a good leg stretch and I’d forgotten how much I love it up the valley.  We come up here quite often on our mountain bikes – well I say we, that has been a while for me too.  It has certainly got quite overgrown since my last visit – the summer growth is very noticeable.

boys enjoying creek at top of rewanui incline

Just before we reach the top Stephen says “oh I didn’t realise we would be walking the whole way up” – now he tells me!

The boys are just as happy to reach the turn-around point as we are and they are rewarded with a frolic in the creek to help cool them down.

lunchtime rewanui incline walk

This is also our lunch stop and the boys take a stay of execution from their creek frolicking on the off-chance there may be something in the lunch bag for them.

leaving the creek rewanui incline walk

rewanui incline walk dunnolie

refueled, rehydrated and a little rested it is time to start the walk back down the incline.

walk up the valley rewanui incline

It is every bit as beautiful on the way back down as the way up – I keep saying up and down, it isn’t a mountain climb, just the gentle gradient of the incline – remembering it used to be a railway line for a coal train so couldn’t be too steep.  More noticeable that you are gentling climbing when you are on your bike that is for sure.  For walking it is just a really nice leg stretch.

tunnel on rewanui incline walk

Some misty clouds roll in through the valley on our way back down which is actually really nice for walking.  Back through the tunnels.

wildflowers rewanui incline walk

and finally back through the colourful wild flowers.  Aaahhh feeling refreshed and ready to greet our new guests for the evening.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with their faithful friends Nico and Ziggy, they enjoy getting out and about and exploring the wonder that is 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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10 Responses to Rewanui Incline in the Summer Sunshine

  1. Will and Eko says:

    Living vicariously through all your sun and colors. Beautiful shots of a beautiful place, as usual.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Will. I’m sure Eko and Penny would love running up the valley with the boys and frolicking in the creek bed. Sending you some of our summer warmth and hoping to take some of Penny’s energy for you……..

  2. Ian Hamlin says:

    Takes me back! Loved it up there too…

    • coastingnz says:

      It is a special place that is for sure. Great inspiration for painting too…. 🙂

      • Ian Hamlin says:

        I remember some of my very first paintings (done in the late 70s) were up the Coal Creek valley. But then that is a very special Coast, must be one of the most picturesque on the planet! And so much to explore off the beaten track. Must be time for another trip done there!

      • coastingnz says:

        Couldn’t agree more – very special indeed and so much to explore off the beaten track. My husband said you were a couple of years ahead of him at school and that your paintings look like photographs they are so realistic. Look forward to meeting you some time. 🙂

  3. joshi daniel says:

    it is always so cool to see the place you go 🙂

  4. G&B says:

    Yep, once your up the valley you forget that Greymouth and civilisation are “just down the road”. And that climb IS a leg stretch on the bike !!!!! Stunning weather we’re having at the moment too !!! It’s warm enough up there in winter, must have been a scorcher that day.

    • coastingnz says:

      Beaut weather indeed but then it is summer. Was very hot – we were all glad to see the creek at the top and yes IS a leg stretch on the bike but a great free ride back down 🙂

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