Arnold River Dam Walk – On the Fungi Trail

wriggly blue fungi

(to the tune of Batman) da da da da da da da Fungi,

little blue fungi

da da da da da da Fungi

erect blue fungi arnold river dam walk

over here – BAM – over there WHAM

blue coloured fungi

yep – bit crazy and no I wasn’t sampling the fungi……….

blue fungi arnold river dam walk

We’re on the Arnold River Dam walk up the Grey Valley between Greymouth and Moana on the hunt for blue fungi.  This walk is a great walk for fungi in general but last year we found the last of the elusive blue fungi so thought we’d head out a bit earlier and try our luck.

bright blue fungi

Well luck we certainly had – it was everywhere.  By the end of the walk we weren’t even stopping anymore – it was like “more blue”, “just more blue”.  We had hoped to find an abundance of colour but turns out the blue is much earlier than the rest.

brown fungi arnold river dam walk

red fungi

white fungi arnold river dam walk

We had a little success finding some pretty white, brown and red as well as the beginnings of orange and yellow.  Probably need to wait another month and they will be out in force – but then of course the blue will be finished.  This detective work is tough!

Arnold river dam walk

It was a beautiful day just for a walk in the bush.  We have so many beautiful bush walks but I think this would have to be one of my favourites.  Here she goes again you’re probably thinking – doesn’t she always say that 😉

Ziggy on the boardwalk arnold river dam walk

It is a favourite with the boys too although maybe not so much today as we didn’t want them standing on the fungi so to ensure they didn’t venture from the trail they were on their leads.  Actually that isn’t true it was just the little fella Ziggy while we were waiting on Dad to take the photos – and yes it took a loooooonnnnnngggggg time.  Good things come to those who wait though eh.

Nico on the bridge arnold river dam walk

sunlight through the ferns arnold river dam walk

This walk starts right down on the river edge and soon gets quite some elevation – our very own tree top walkway, then following a ridge-line before heading back down to the river edge again.  The vegetation is constantly changing and up high the temperature changes quite dramatically too.  Given it was such a lovely day with warm sunny skies it was quite chilly deep in the bush and I was glad for my warmer top.

Nico and Jan enjoying the sunshine in the forest arnold river dam walk

Autumn has definitely arrived – hot in the sun but cool in the shade – I think Batman and Robin (aka Nico and Jan) would call that perfect fungi hunting material.

little orange fungi

white fungi in the green

BAM – these culprits have been caught!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about with their two faithful companions Nico and Ziggy and exploring the many wonders of 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 Arnold River Dam Walk – On the Fungi Trail

  1. Jane says:

    That blue fungi is amazing! I got very excited recently to find some pink, purple and red fungi for the first time, but that blue one of yours is so startling. Now I want to find a blue one to add to my collection. I love fungi expeditions. Beautifully photographed.


    • coastingnz says:

      We always used to get excited when seeing the other colours also and then someone said oh have you seen the blue – well no……. managed to see a small amount last year but then yesterday was like wow! It was everywhere once we started looking. Some is fading out though so don’t think will be around for too much longer and then all the other colours will start their show. Love autumn bush walks and the fungi expeditions too – gives bush walks a whole new meaning.

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  2. bulldog says:

    Blue mushies… .??? Red mushies… ??? Hell the comment above mentions pink….. why do we only seem to have shades of brown or white…?? This is definitely a book entry…. will attract tourists for sure


    • coastingnz says:

      We were really surprised ourselves. Actually only noticed one night when doing a night ride – lights lit up a coloured mushie so next day we went investigating and once we started looking we were pleasantly surprised. Bought a fungi identification book and best time for looking and we were hooked.


  3. Michael Nees says:

    Those little fungi are really amazing… often overlooked, aren’t they?!


  4. LuAnn says:

    What amazing colors! I love taking photos of fungi but have never stumbled across anything this colorful.


  5. coastingnz says:

    Was only after a friend told us about them we went looking for the blue – didn’t realise could get blue either and the more you look the more colours you find – they come and go at different times throughout autumn, so keep searching – you never know where they might be hiding 🙂


  6. The blue Fungi is fascinating. –Curt


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