A Meander up the Moonlight Valley

May is NZ music month – apparently.  Seems quite fitting then that during our little exploration of the Moonlight Valley I was humming the tune “Slice of Heaven” by Dave Dobbyn

moonlight creek flowing over the rocks

“her love shines over my horizon, she’s a slice of heaven”

Moonlight River Grey Valley

Meandering up the Moonlight Valley you could be forgiven for thinking that you’d died and gone to heaven.  It was gob-smackingly beautiful up here.

fungi in the ferns moonlight track

Stephen had biked up the access road to the Moonlight track the weekend before and was “dying” (sorry!) to come back for an explore with the camera.

For the most part we were stopping at various points as we drove up the 9km access road to the Moonlight Pack Track.

native bush in the skyline moonlight track

If anything it was almost too nice of a day – for photography.  Bright sunshine doesn’t bode well but with the dense bush it didn’t matter too much and there were some wonderful light rays filtering through the trees.

NZ native bush Moonlight Track

Once at the car park for the pack track we didn’t need to venture too far down the trail. The moss-covered trees and rocks were captivating right there within the first 100 metres of the trail.

forest reflections moonlight track

Besides this incredible beauty the area is also steeped in history. The Moonlight gold field was one of the richest alluvial strikes on the West Coast and was famous for producing large nuggets. Stone heaps and evidence of water channels are obvious alongside the Moonlight walking track only a few minutes from the car park. This area is well worth exploring.  I can’t wait to come back and spend a couple of hours walking the trail and immersing ourselves in more of the history.

In the meantime………

Moonlight River and Valley Greymouth

“warm moonlight over my horizon, she’s a slice heaven”

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that make up this beautiful region they’re lucky enough to call home – West Coast of the Southern Alps.


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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10 Responses to A Meander up the Moonlight Valley

  1. szandri says:

    I love Stephen’s pictures. They make me want to come back 🙂

  2. Mama says:

    Slice of heaven indeed 😏

  3. Pam says:

    What a beautiful blog Jan and the lyrics to that song are so apt! We have to do this next time…we just have to.

  4. Such a beautiful place, great photos by Stephen too, you make me wish I was there.

  5. nzdanlisa says:

    Gorgeous fungi photos. I am looking forward to reading more posts.

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