Tag Archives: West Coast of the Southern Alps

Roberts Point Track – an Insane Walk in the Wilderness

Sometimes I feel I just need to pinch myself  – is this really where I’m lucky enough to live! No need to jump on a plane to other parts of the world or even travel to other parts of our … Continue reading

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8 Mile Valley – History Hidden in the Hills

  The West Coast has an abundance of coal and gold mining history and many of the walks are old coal or gold mining areas. 8 mile Valley just up from home is one such place.  A place of discovery, … Continue reading

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Reefton Rodeo – a Stomping Good Time

Back at Reefton recently but this time for the annual Reefton Rodeo. Still haven’t decided if I like these things or not.  I think not for animal rights reasons but then I think I do because undoubtably the animals come … Continue reading

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Reefton Skate Park

A visit to Reefton wouldn’t be complete without calling round to the local skate park. For such a small village and community this park is a huge asset. Our friend Richard was unaware of what he was about to see … Continue reading

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Buller A & P Show – a Fun Day in the Sun

One of the great things about summer in New Zealand is the A&P shows (Agricultural and Pastoral).  Very common particularly in the more rural communities.  Being that the West Coast is most definitely a rural community there are quite a … Continue reading

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Waiatoto River Safaris – A Jetboat Trip For Nature Lovers

Waiatoto River Safaris is a jet boat trip with a difference.  After being down in Invercargill for the weekend to help celebrate my Mum’s 7oth birthday we took an extra day and the opportunity to check out the Waiatoto River … Continue reading

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A Day at the Races – Kumara Races

Great day out at the annual Kumara Races. Huge turnout and lots of fun had by all – be it taking a punt on the horses, catching up with friends or people watching. Plenty going on but nice to relax … Continue reading

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Nine Mile beach – all Foamed Up

With the storms of late the beach has been awash with foam Makes for interesting walking – do you want to get “all foamed up” or not – if not then careful where you walk.   Many people don’t realise … Continue reading

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Punakaiki – pancake rocks and blowholes

Wow that was a wild night – gale force winds and heavy rain on and off.  Windows were rattling and I lay in bed thinking mmmmm is everything secure out there. No need to worry – all was safe in … Continue reading

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