Nine Mile Valley’s Hidden Coal History


Nine Mile Valley coal mine relics

nine mile valley coal mine entrance

There’s gold in them there hills – black gold!

Nine Mile valley coal mines

Stephen had the pleasure of playing tour guide recently and taking a photographic artist into the hills behind Breakers to explore some of the fascinating coal mining history hidden away in the forest.

capturing the history nine mile valley

Chris Corson Scott is an artist based in Auckland and currently working on a project involving NZ history.  We met Chris and his partner Amanda on a recent walk up the 10 mile valley – turns out they found the 10 mile valley and its history thanks to our blog – now that puts a smile on my face.

Nine Mile Valley coal relics

There is much history in the Nine Mile Valley and loads of relics to photograph.  To top it off it would have to boast some of the most stunning West Coast native bush (yeah ok NZ native bush but we have the best here on the West….. no bias).

coal mine relics nine mile valley

The sense of history oozes out from all the various relics and mine entrances – trying their best to tell their own story.

nine mile valley coal mine relics and creek

The Nine Mile valley is also a great example of nature reigning supreme with the bush slowly but surely reclaiming her space.

coal mine relics in the bush nine mile valley

Mining relics Nine Mile Valley

So love having the wonder of the Nine Mile Valley right at our doorstep – one minute we’re by the seaside with the pounding surf and the next we’re immersed in lush green forest and discovering some of the secrets of our heritage. That’s the West Coast for you.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring the region and sharing their discoveries for others to enjoy.

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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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4 Responses to Nine Mile Valley’s Hidden Coal History

  1. I am always impressed by nature’s ability to reclaim areas that have been abandoned by people. Interesting photos. –Curt

  2. This is amazing! Love that first image.

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