A Walk of Contrasts in Charleston

Pakahi track Charleston

Our West Coast scenery never ceases to amaze me and our latest walk was no exception.

With much rain of late we were all desperate to get out in the fresh air and have a good leg stretch.

Nina and Raewyn under the rimu tree

Initially thinking of heading somewhere north of Westport, we contacted our friend Nina for some suggestions.

dogs and Nina enjoying the views Charleston walk

With three dogs amongst us we needed a safe walk where they could run freely and Charleston was the pick of the day.

What a pick it was.  Nina’s home away from home so while she was our hiking buddy for the day she was also our guide showcasing one of her favourite trails.

Charleston bush walk

interesting flora and fauna Charleston walk

This was a trail of contrasts – continually changing terrain, not just the scenery but the whole make-up of the walk – the vegetation, the fauna, the flora, the floor – it was quite mind-blowing.

water race relics Charleston bush walk

history in the forest charleston walk

Predominately we were following an old water race from the gold mining hey-day so there was plenty of history hidden in amongst the vegetation as well.

out of the tunnel charleston bush walk

I say following the water race – there were a couple of times we were in the water race, stooped over to fit through a couple of tunnels – all good fun.


Everyone was happy to have a little rest mid walk – Nina bless her breaks out the billy and whips us up a latte!

views to water race lake charleston

I’m harping on here but this trail had everything – vistas to die for with views of gorgeous lakes

views to the sea charleston walk

and out to the Tasman Sea and coastline,

beautiful rim tree charleston

and yes more of our beautiful native bush complete with Rimu trees galore.

changing terrain charleston walk

slippery slope down Charleston walk

Welcome to my world
Won’t you come on in
Miracles I guess
Still happen now and then

entering the tunnel charleston walk

log crossing on Charleston walk

Step into my heart
Leave your cares behind
Welcome to my world
Built with you in mind

admiring tree roots charleston walk

walking amongst the greenery West Coast walk

Knock and the door will open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you will be given
The key to this world of mine

Charleston bush walk

colours of green Charleston walk

I’ll be waiting here
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

views to tasman sea and coast line

Thanks Jim – couldn’t have summed it up better – welcome to our world, our backyard –  and most importantly thanks to Nina and Raewyn for sharing part of their piece of our slice of paradise that is the wonderful West Coast.

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 are 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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20 Responses to A Walk of Contrasts in Charleston

  1. Will and Eko says:

    Another beautiful trip. NZ is paradise for both people and pups.

  2. Lovely hike through green tunnels. –Curt

  3. bulldog says:

    Wow that is an impressive walk.. a definite for the book… what wonderful scenery and the plants are just breath taking… when is Stephen going to share a photo of a bird or two? I do believe you have some beauts in NZ…

    • coastingnz says:

      Bulldog it was so stunning – we were blown away. Yes you are right on the birds – the walk was filled with them and in one section about half way through Nina even nicknamed it Tui alley because of the birdsong – it was beautiful. Stephen isn’t into capturing the birds so much – only uses small cameras but I’m working on him!

  4. Pam says:

    Mind-blowing indeed Jan and once again many thanks for ensuring that song will be in my head for the rest of the day. Nothing compares to the lushness of the West Coast bush. That vegetation is beautiful.

    • coastingnz says:

      Agreed Pam – so lush and beautiful. Couldn’t believe how it was constantly changing, was fantastic. Also if any consolation – I awoke to that song this morning…… 🙂

  5. Mama says:

    fantastic Jan!!!! I may have to come & stay for several weeks to fit all these walks in.We have had many little fantails flitting about the garden the last couple of weeks,soon the tuis will start to visit the kowhai trees in the Coutryard.We are so lucky to live with the lovely native bush & enjoy the beautiful birdsong. Just wish we had the beach a bit closer like you have.Still only 10 kms away & good exersise if I hop on my bike.

    • coastingnz says:

      you know we’d love you to stay longer when you visit 🙂 This one would have to be a highlight of late with all the contrasts and wonderful vistas. But yes the birdsong – there is just something that always make you put a smile on your face about hearing the call of the birds.

  6. Dayna says:

    Old mining tracks and tramways can make for pretty good walking paths. On the whole I don’t envy the people whose job was to make the tracks in the first place, but appreciating their efforts can be very rewarding. Lovely photos as always 🙂

  7. John says:

    Where is it exactly ? I would like to take this walk, thanks!

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