Duffys Creek, Rahau Saddle


Up the creek without a paddle – Duffys Creek in the Rahau Saddle.  Ok, so I won’t give up my day job at this stage but it does rhyme!

Forest of green duffys creek walk rahau saddle

Duffys Creek was our latest little adventure and yes it can be found on the Rahau Saddle.  The Rahau Saddle is a beautiful piece of scenic reserve in the Victoria Forest between Reefton and the Lewis Pass.

With a compulsory stop at the Broadway Tearooms and Bakery in Reefton to get our lunch supplies we headed out the road to find the trail.  I say find the trail because it is one of those that we’ve seen as we’ve taken the drive many a time on our way to or from Hanmer Springs but not really taken that much notice of to know exactly where it is.

off for a walk duffys creek rahau saddle

Trail found and we’re off.  Well sort of – we do start the walk but we don’t get very far and Stephen is in photography heaven.  I think it takes us 1/2 an hour to go only about 200 metres.

enchanted forest walk duffys creek

To be fair though it is stunning in here – almost doesn’t look real.  More like we’ve walked onto a film set – something between The Hobbit and Avatar and we’re a little unsure of who or what we might meet around the corner.

muddy hole duffy creek walk rahau saddle

There has been much rain of late so the trail is pretty wet and slippery with some lovely boggy holes – foot placement is a very integral part of this excursion!  Doesn’t bother the boys though of course – typical “children” in that respect with the muddier the better.  Oh to have that child like attitude.  In saying that we do end up with it eventually as once your shoes are wet and muddy no point trying to avoid the inevitable.

waterfall Duffys Creek walk

The trail follows the creek bed up through the bush and you can hear it gushing even when you can’t see it.  Soon enough though we can see it as the trail skirts a ridge-line above with the creek flowing down over boulders and creating waterfall after waterfall.

Babbling brook Duffys Creek

duffys creek in the bush rahau saddle

This is where we lose a lot of time.  Stephen has come prepared with tripod and you’d now be hard pushed to wipe the smile off his face.  This is what photography is all about he says – he could camp here and just take photo after photo…… mmmm tad cold though don’t you think my love……..

deep in the forest duffys creek rahau saddle

Finally we are onwards and upwards again conscious that we’ve lost quite some time with our photography stops and we haven’t yet reached the top.  Unfortunately we can’t go much further – at least not this time with the boys.

climbing the mossy boulders duffys creek walk

After scrambling up ourselves we decide it is just too dangerous for the dogs as the track gets quite steep with lots of boulders, old tree roots and moss-covered fallen logs for them to fall through or lose their footing and hurt themselves.  To get oh so close – but safety must come first.

sea of green duffys creek rahau saddle

Back down the way we came and more time to soak up all that surrounds us. The bush is so dense and so green – we feel like we’re in the middle of a jungle or an enchanted forest.

boys enjoying duffys creek walk rahau saddle

Wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the creatures from the Once Upon a Trip story appear from behind a tree or rock – perhaps a unicorn or Rock Troll.  Or even Momo or Pabu from Avatar – although I guess Ziggy is our own little Pabu, fill of mischief and we do of course have our very own “Pongo”  with us aka Nico.

mossy trees duffy creek walk rahau saddle

If you go down in the woods today……..

Back on terra firma and we have a date back at Broadway Tearooms and Bakery for a hot drink and custard square.  Now that is what adventures are all about – the rewards at the end. 🙂

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with their faithful companions Nico and Ziggy the family dogs, they enjoy getting out and about and exploring the wonder that is the West Coast.

 

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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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16 Responses to Duffys Creek, Rahau Saddle

  1. Buschbaer1 says:

    pictures from the lost world

  2. Will and Eko says:

    Another beautiful trek. Great long-exposure shots of the falls. Watch out for dinosaurs.

    • coastingnz says:

      Indeed. I’m the tripod carrier and more often than not have to lug the thing without it being used so it was good it too got a workout on this walk.

  3. Gorgeous. It looks mythical.

  4. Pam says:

    Although these walks are a lot colder in winter, they reveal a beautiful sense of stillness where the air crackles. These gorgeous photos are straight out of a fantasy, yet they are real! Isn’t this country beautiful. Bet you were glad of those tearooms Jan.

    • coastingnz says:

      They are colder indeed – this would be one of the colder walks I’ve done – considering it was uphill. That says a lot for how often we were stopping! lol. Definitely glad for the tearooms – in fact we contemplated not stopping but then laughed at ourselves – it was the custard square I was thinking about the entire time we had stopped….. tee hee

  5. Mama says:

    I am green with envy… enchanted forest indeed!!!
    supercalafragalisticespielious !!!

  6. Jane says:

    Stunning as always! What an incredible enchanted mossy land.

  7. bulldog says:

    “Ok, so I won’t give up my day job at this stage” You say this, but do get down to that book, this is a perfect entry or chapter… and I smile broadly at the “Broadway Tearooms and Bakery for a hot drink and custard square” now that sounds like the Jan I have followed for a while…
    As for that professional photographer you’re married to, give him his time for photography, he’s brilliant at capturing such scenery….

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Bulldog. We love any excuse to walk in the Reefton area as it means compulsory stop Broadway Tearooms. Just as well they are an hours drive from us – I’d be the size of a house and need another mortgage otherwise tee hee.

  8. joshi daniel says:

    what a dreamy place and excellent photography 🙂

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