8 Mile Valley – History Hidden in the Hills


old coal mine 8 mile valley

The West Coast has an abundance of coal and gold mining history and many of the walks are old coal or gold mining areas.

8 mile Valley just up from home is one such place.  A place of discovery, mystic and heaps of hidden history.

looking through the coal bin relic 8 mile valley

old coal sluice 8 mile valley

It is a great showcase of nature reclaiming her land with many of the relics being engulfed by the ever-growing native bush.

A walk up 8 Mile valley

It’s an easy walk up the valley following an old 4WD track, slowly getting overgrown also but the dogs enjoy the open spaces for a good leg stretch and there are plenty of smells to keep them guessing.

views to Tasman Sea from 8 mile quarry

Native bush 8 mile valley

Some fabulous views from the quarry that is up the valley now.  Guess it will always be some sort of industrial area but great that we can wander up here too and get amongst our history and the beautiful nature.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring this beautiful region they get to call home 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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2 Responses to 8 Mile Valley – History Hidden in the Hills

  1. bulldog says:

    It is a great looking place to scurry around… love the photos and that nature is fighting back…

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