Recently we had my parents and Aunty come and visit from Invercargill for a long weekend.
Always keen to showcase this beautiful region we live in and send them home knowing exactly why I decided to make the move here to the West Coast we filled their time with lots of little adventures.
Day one was just about being here really and catching up. A walk on the beach is always a must, especially for first time visitors.
Day two and the real adventures began…….
First up back out to Woods Creek in the back of Greymouth. Stephen and I had only been here earlier in the week but it is so fascinating and the bush walk so beautiful we thought it was a great place to take our visitors.
The history on this walk is fantastic following the tailrace from the gold mining days of the late 18oos. With mature regenerated native forest and virgin native forest it is an overwhelming sight for the eyes to take it.
Managed to talk everyone in to exploring one of the tunnels and that was super fun as was the swingbridge. My Aunty wasn’t particularly keen on either but she was brave and forged ahead – a great accomplishment to add to her adventure.
Home for lunch and then we’re off again but this time for a beach walk at Motukeikei beach just to the north of us. With perfect tides it was a must to share with our visitors.
The rock formations are amazing as are the towering cliffs above us. We walked the full length of the beach down to the 10 mile creek and the impressive hole in the rock.
Such a beautiful day it was lovely to be out in the sunshine.
Day 3 and we’re splitting up. Dad and Stephen head into town for the day to watch the Greymouth Motorcycle annual street racing.
Another gorgeous day and fabulous watching the bikes races around the street.
Meanwhile Mum, Aunty Terroll and I take a drive north to Punakaiki for a walk around the pancake rock formations.
The views out around the rocks are fantastic and the rocks are so incredibly interesting.
A little further up the road and we take a walk on the Truman Track. Named one of New Zealand’s best short walks it is a lovely walk of contrasts – first through the sub-tropic native rain forest……..
and then down to the gorgeous little beach – set in a cove of limestone and hanging waterfalls. We find some weirdo down there near the waterfall………
We finish our day with yet another walk on the beach back at home. Dinner is well rewarded on that evening!
Final day and before we take everyone to the airport for their flight home we have some more time to kill and things to see.
We head out to Kumara for a walk to the historic Londonderry Rock. A massive rock left by the gold miners because it was just too large to move for their mining purposes. The short bush walk alone is worth the trip before this massive boulder appears before you.
There is a little side-walk that takes you back to the Kumara village but we only head 5 or so minutes along the track as we want to show Mum, Dad and Aunty Terroll the expanse of gold mine tailings stacks piled high that go for miles. It is incredible to think this was all moved by hand.
Last stop and it is the historic swimming baths site just outside of Kumara. One of our favourite little pieces of West Coast and in fact New Zealand history.
Time to get to the airport and say our goodbyes. It has been a wonderful couple of days – enjoyed the visit from the parents and my Aunty and loved showing them our backyard. I suspect they headed home for some well deserved R & R!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the West Coast and love sharing their backyard with friends, family and visitors to the region – so much to see and do.