Monthly Archives: December 2012

Doing the Charleston

Spent the last three nights near Charleston on the West Coast. Drove 6 ks up a side road until I got to the Paparao National Park. Massive limestone bluffs are right next to the campsite on the Nile River (its … Continue reading

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Waimangaroa – at the bottom of the Denniston Incline

Waimangaroa is at the bottom of the Denniston Incline. This is where the coal skips ended up and the coal was then railed to Wesport. The bridal track opened in 1984, prior to this all access was by coal trucks … Continue reading

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DOC camp at Kohaihai

Left Denniston and drove north, up past Karamea, to the end of the road, where the Heaphy track comes out of the bush and meets civilization again. There is a DOC camp there which is one of the most scenic … Continue reading

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Scott’s Beach

An hours walk north of Kohaihai on the Heaphy Track is Scott’s Beach. Well worth the walk as the track has easy grades at this point. Very wild west coast beach and the spray stays in the air so that … Continue reading

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Denniston Incline

Drove up to the Denniston Plateau when I left Wesport. It is way up in the clouds and luckily the day cleared with plenty of sunshine. It was an enormous coal field in the past but is now closed down. … Continue reading

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Cape Foulwind

Rainy day in Westport. Went to Cape Foulwind. Named by Cook because of the atrocious weather as he circumnavigated NZ. Not because of the smell of the nearby seal colony. Plenty of weka running around being cheeky. About 4 seals … Continue reading

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