Fungi Hunting – Coal Creek Falls Walk

Come on says Stephen lets take a meander on the Coal Creek walk and see if there is any fungi left.

Coal creek falls track

Thinking we’re being rather optimistic given the drop in temperature of late we weren’t holding much hope for finding any fungi.  We were prepared just in case though, with an extra layer of clothing and beanie for the head  – fungi hunting can be a cold task as it is slow-moving and it was a cold afternoon.

coal creek falls walk white fungi

coal creek falls walk brown gilled fungi group

coal creek falls walk brown pink fungi

Well blow me over the track was covered in fungi – it was everywhere and probably more so than in the height of autumn when conditions are supposedly at their prime.  We really thought it would have been too cold the last couple of weeks but I guess having a long warm wet month of May helped.

The little guys were everywhere – we couldn’t believe it.  While Stephen was setting up the tripod to take the photo I’d just be standing there looking.  Stephen would prepare to move on and I’d be like – over there, over here, and some more over there.

coal creek falls walk brown chocolate button fungi

coal creek falls walk brown gilled fungi

coal creek falls walk red fungi

There were all sizes and all shapes and all types of fungi – except the little blue gilled.  They are definitely long finished but there were some seriously cool other examples to leave the most avid fungi hunter satiated.

coal creek falls walk pink gilled fungi

coal creek falls walk fungi on stickcoal creek falls walk big brown fungi in water

The only timing we got wrong on this hunt was time of day as it was starting to get quite dark in the amongst the trees so a good indication that it was time to head back.  We’d only made it half way to the end of the track and the Coal Creek Falls waterfall.  That’s ok though, it was a nice walk back out of the bush with the dogs – we all got a little bit of exercise and now we know the fungi are still there……. we’ll be back.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about with their two dogs Nico and Ziggy and exploring the region – 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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6 Responses to Fungi Hunting – Coal Creek Falls Walk

  1. Mama says:

    Truly amazing!! I didn’t realise there are so many different fungi. The colours are just awesome. The last one looks a bit like a dried fig. Well kind of? I actually love figs. My favourite is still the little blue one though. But you know me & my love of things blue🤔

    • coastingnz says:

      ha-ha that I do. Yes this time we saw yellow, green and pink – so cute. My favourite are the little weird ones on the twig. Always seem to find something new.

  2. joshi daniel says:

    beautiful and loved the feel 🙂

  3. Quite beautiful, and such a variety! I can hear you talking to Stephen: “Over here, over here, over here.” 🙂 –Curt

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