In Search of the Magic of the Mushrooms – Coal Creek Falls Walk


coal creek falls walk in the forest

coal creek falls walk amongst the greenery

The Coal Creek Falls walk is signposted as 1 hour return. We normally do it in 40 minutes.

coal creek falls waterfall runanga

Our latest effort however took us 2.25 hours……

vietnamese hats - fungi coal creek falls walk

It was a treasure hunt, searching for the magic of mushrooms.

oyster fungi coal creek falls walk

Autumn is the perfect time to discover the magic of mushroom hunting.

yellow fungi amonst a sea of green coal creek falls walkThe forest floors come alive with these tiny little treasures.

red amongst the green forest floor coal creek falls walk

cup fungi in the forest floor coal creek falls walk

There are colours, sizes and shapes galore.  Typically I forgot to take my “Mushroom and Other NZ Fungi” book with me – one day I’ll learn!

chocolate fudge looking fungi coal creek falls walk

We’ve spent the last three Autumn seasons on the search for fungi and just when we think we’ve found all there is to find, we undercover a new treasure – new to us anyway.

white butter jelly fungi coal creek falls walk

This latest hunt was a great success even finding “White Butter Jelly” – how decadent does that sound!  And decadent it is – a delicacy in Japan and China, used in cuisine and medicinal purposes.

spider orchid coal creek falls walk

While Stephen takes the photographs, I continue to studiously search the forest floor and I also discovered what we think is a NZ Spider Orchid. This thing is tiny but it really does look like an orchid – oh so pretty.

fungi in the bush coal creek falls walk

It takes a lot of patience and concentration to find all these little gems.  Sometimes you can find yourself looking right at them and other times you almost need a microscope to see them they can be so tiny.  Every one precious in its own right though.

flower fungi in the bush coal creek falls walk

Next time you take a walk in the forest during Autumn, slow down, look down and you’ll discover a whole new world.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Great nature lovers, they enjoy getting out and about and exploring all things 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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19 Responses to In Search of the Magic of the Mushrooms – Coal Creek Falls Walk

  1. Love your photos! What beautiful country! 🙂

  2. Mama says:

    what an awesome way to spend more than 2 hours. Real little treasures indeed!!!

    • coastingnz says:

      It sure was – on reading up my Fungi book, most of these discoveries were noted as found after a warm rain….. guess what we’d just had lol

  3. Michael Nees says:

    These are great pictures of the mushrooms. Always wanted to know much more about them… some must be eatable, other don’t look that way though…

  4. Beautiful, the blue one was spectacular. –Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks – we just normally enjoy the walk for exactly that – a walk but with all the fungi around at the moment makes it double beautiful 🙂

  5. If I’d seen these mushrooms I’d be convinced fairies lived there, they’re almost not real they’re so perfect.

    • coastingnz says:

      Some of them are tiny and you really do feel like you are in fairyland with the surrounding bush and trees too. I used to read the Magic Faraway Tree when I was young and I’m often reminded of this when out exploring. I love that our scenery can evoke childhood memories lol

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