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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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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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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 “her love shines over my horizon, she’s a slice … Continue reading

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A Step Back in Time – A Visit to Blackball

Visiting Blackball is like stepping back in time. Any stresses or worries are lifted from your shoulders and it seems like time just slows down. It had been a while since our last visit to Blackball so we headed out … Continue reading

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A Walk of Contrasts in Charleston

Our West Coast scenery never ceases to amaze me and our latest walk was no exception. With much rain of late we were all desperate to get out in the fresh air and have a good leg stretch. Initially thinking … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Waiuta

It may now just be a ghost town but Waiuta oozes charm and intrigue. A historic gold mining town high in the mountains in the Grey Valley sitting upon a plateau with views to die for. Our latest visit was … Continue reading

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Riding through History – Denniston Plateau

sssshhhhh – the babies are sleeping. If it was possible I’d be typing this with a silence button although I don’t think it matters as the boys are well and truly out to the count after their adventure today. Actually … Continue reading

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