Category Archives: NZ history

Waiting for Whitebait – Jacobs River, South Westland

We load up the whitebait gear and travel to site Almost time to wait for whitebait The stands are lowered and secured in place Almost time to wait for whitebait The stand is ready and nets are set we sit and … Continue reading

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Striking Gold in Ross

Ross is a historic gold town just south of Hokitika on the Glacier Highway. Gold was first found in the area in the 1860s and thus the town of Ross was established. With a population of around 300 people it … Continue reading

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Point Elizabeth Track – A little bit of Untamed Wilderness

  The Point Elizabeth track would have to be Greymouth’s premier walking track.  Running from the shores of North Beach… north of Cobden and finishing at Rapahoe Beach just off State Highway 6 at the gateway to the Great Coast … Continue reading

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The Winter Blues at Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks

When we think of the winter blues we think down in the dumps, the moody blues but for the West Coast when we say the winter blues we mean blue skies and blue seas and some of the most fantastic … Continue reading

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Runanga Workingman’s Club – History in the Heartland

Workingmen’s Club are a type of private social club first established in industrial areas of the UK in the early 19th century providing recreation and education for working class men and women.  In NZ they are an integral part of … Continue reading

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Historic Reefton – the Little Big Town

The small village of Reefton nestled in the Victoria Forest on the West Coast is immersed in history.  It may be a small village but it is big in every other respect.  So much history it practically oozes from her … Continue reading

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Hidden World of West Coast Coal Mining History

Growing up as a kid down in Southland was all about farming – rolling green hills dotted with sheep.  In the winter our homes were generally heated with wood and coal.  Never gave a thought to where that coal came … Continue reading

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