Welcome to Reefton – town of light. Reefton was given this slogan due to the fact it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have street lighting. Says something about the spirit of the community and that spirit continues today.
If you haven’t figured it out yet we love Reefton and take any excuse for a visit.
Most recent excuse was the annual Reefton Rodeo (in another blog). A great day out in itself but it was Sunday morning that I enjoyed most.
We took a stroll around the township – first around the “town centre” and the river front and then down some of the residential streets.
Reefton is such a pretty little town nestled on the edge of the Inangahua River – a great playground for kids and adults alike. Swimming holes aplenty to help cool you off on the those wonderful summer days.
Wandering around the residential area was great fun, very peaceful and we came across some wonderful garden “ornaments”.
They may look like they’ve just been left to rot away but the lawns are neatly tended and love the strategically placed new fruit trees.
There are some wonderful character buildings, vehicles and homes in Reefton but most importantly it is the people……
Both the people who live here and the people who visit – I think Reefton attracts a laid back attitude, you just feel relaxed here. We met this gorgeous lady as she was mounting her bike heading off for the days travel. Visiting from Scotland – 12th time her and her husband had visited NZ, cycling around the country. Ready – now in their early 80s! Talk about inspirational. They love NZ, love the South Island and loved their visit to Reefton – let’s face it, what’s not to love!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that help make up this beautiful region of NZ. West Coast – named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top 10 destinations to visit in the world.