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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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……..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.