Arnold River Dam Walk – Fungi Fishing


arnold river dam walk boardwalk

Walks in the bush take on a whole new meaning come Autumn.

arnold river dam walk brown fungi

Instead of constantly looking up at the canopy our eyes are glued to the forest floor in search of fungi.

arnold river dam walk small white fungi

arnold river dam walk orange fungi

arnold river dam walk brown fungi in the moss

arnold river dam walk blue fungi

We are not disappointed finding almost all the colours of the rainbow in amongst the sea of green.

arnold river dam walk little blue fungi

arnold river dam walk white fungi

It’s not just the colour but the shapes too – from the “helmets” to the “gills” to the “umbrellas” – something in there for everyone.

So remember if you’re out and about on a bush walk look down, you never know what is hidden in amongst the ferns and moss and allow more time than you would normally – fungi fishing is addictive……

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring the beauty that is the West Coast of the Southern Alps.

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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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12 Responses to Arnold River Dam Walk – Fungi Fishing

  1. Pam says:

    These mushrooms are beautiful little jewels in our forest, although we’ve never come across the blue one. I wonder if those ones are unique to the Coast.

    • coastingnz says:

      I know they are seriously cool. The blue seem to be the first to come out – early April and then are usually all gone by the end of the April. They seem to like the dense, damp areas. Ok according to my Mushrooms and Other Fungi of NZ book “Blue Pinkgill (entoloma hochstetteri) Habitat: Found on the ground in broadleaf-conifer forest, rarely in southern beech forest. Its striking colour has always drawn attention and it was one of the first species to be collected from NZ and is still the holy grail of beginners. It continues to draw attention and features on the NZ $50 note – to date the only banknote in the world to feature a fungus.” And thus ends today’s fungi lesson lol 🙂

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Geoff – we have a fungi/NZ mushroom book which is great too – I just keep forgetting to take it out with me. Look forward to having a scroll through this blog.

      • I thought you might be interested in the extra information – there wasn’t room in the book for it all. Your photos are beautiful and it looks like an amazing walk.

      • coastingnz says:

        absolutely – always keen to learn more and yes the book is great but doesn’t go into extensive detail. The walk is fantastic – at any time of the year. We often do it just for the natural beauty but love the autumn exploring in search the fungi 🙂

      • coastingnz says:

        and I’m a bit slow on the uptake aren’t I – you wrote the book! We love it 🙂

  2. Mama says:

    they are real little treasures. I have never seen any blue ones down here. Stephen captures their natural beauty so well Thanks for the fungi lesson Didn’t know they feature on our bank note .We get cute little red/orange ones white spots,in the Courtyard Garden. Will be because of our native trees with the moist leaf litter. xxx

    • coastingnz says:

      Well….. carrying on our fungi lesson 🙂 the one you have which incidentally we get on our track to the beach and they are probably the most common are the “Fly Agaric” (Amanita muscaria) and it is a toxic mushroom. Commonly found near pine trees, they are apparently known for their hallucinatory poisons and death can result quickly if eaten…. yikes!

  3. Mama says:

    Yes I knew the spotted ones we get in the garden are poisonous.Look so pretty though.just have to watch when the little people are visiting 😳

  4. Love that blue one 💙

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