10 Mile Valley – Valley of Mines Becomes Valley of Waterfalls


Drip, drip, drip, plop, plop, plop

gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh

cascading waterfall amongst the native forest 10 mile valley walk

That’s the sound of the rain slowly turning the 10 mile valley from the Valley of Mines into the Valley of Waterfalls.

dripping water against the mossy rockface 10 mile valley

Many people curse the rain but for us here on the West Coast we embrace it and all the joy and beauty that it brings with it.

10 mile creek and waterfall 10 mile valley walk

The 10 mile valley after rainfall comes alive with the fast flowing creek waters and the sounds of nature changing.  The native bush and moss shimmer as the water flows over it and the greens are intensified – so vibrant and lush.

hanging waterfall amongst the lush green bush 10 mile

What was once merely a pretty rock face soon becomes a cascade of water reminiscent of a new bride’s wedding veil – it is don’t you think……  It springs to mind as good friends in Germany daughter is getting married today.

waterfall and green native forest 10 mile valley

In Hindu culture they say rain on your wedding day is good luck because it signifies that your marriage will last.

“A knot that becomes wet is extremely hard to untie – therefore, when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your marriage is supposedly just as hard to unravel! ”  I love it – just another reason to love a rainy day.

We dedicate this blog to Nadine & Artur and wish them all the best for their special day.

Next time you go to curse a rainy day – look around you, you may be surprised by the beauty that is uncovered.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They love getting out and about exploring the many beauties that make up this gorgeous region.

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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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6 Responses to 10 Mile Valley – Valley of Mines Becomes Valley of Waterfalls

  1. Mama says:

    Absolutely stunning!! Dad & I have shared this beautiful walk with you so many times and it never seizes to amaze me. It really is quite breathtaking and Stephen captures that beauty so magnificently. I think it is most spectacular when it is raining but still a beautiful valley at any time. Imagine going to work every day like the miners did! Wow !!

  2. Pat says:

    I was born to April showers, love me a rainy day. Stephen has captured the veils beautifully.

  3. Tony Ferrell says:

    I can imagine the beauty is ramped up even more in winter, the trade off being the cold (haha).

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