A Step Back in Time – A Visit to Blackball

formally the blackball hilton

Visiting Blackball is like stepping back in time. Any stresses or worries are lifted from your shoulders and it seems like time just slows down.

It had been a while since our last visit to Blackball so we headed out for a drive and a walk about town.

miners cottage with flowering trees blackball

Blackball is a small village – a historic coal and gold mining village.  Many of the houses are old miners cottages – small, quaint and very cute.  There are some amazing old trees, many currently in bloom and the majority of the trees and shrubs have been around longer than most of us.

pretty lane blackball

We’ve picked a gorgeous day and being that Blackball is up the valley it is incredibly hot here.  Much hotter than at home with the mountains forming a great barrier from the cooler breezes that can come off the sea.

outdoor museum blackball

historic community centre blackball

The Blackball Community has been working hard of late getting new signage and interpretation panels put up and a great little outdoor museum.  We spy a map showing the township, points of interest and lots of little walks.

miners cottage blackball

old bus blackball

With not much time we’re just here to walk around the township, enjoy the peace and tranquility and take photos but rest assured we’ll be back for a proper explore and to check out these walks and points of interest real soon……

historic pulley wheels blackball picnic area

Thanks Blackball for a relaxing couple of hours in the sunshine immersed in history.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  The Grey District is the Heart of the West Coast and encompasses many small historic gold and coal mining villages which Jan and Stephen love to explore.


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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4 Responses to A Step Back in Time – A Visit to Blackball

  1. Pat says:

    Looks like an interesting place, I’ll look forward to more. 🙂

  2. guestnz says:

    It is amazing how much more you see when you travel just a little off the main road in New Zealand. Blackball is surely a classic? Guess the salami company is still there? Sorry, always thinking about foods… 🙂

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