• Entrance to the Labyrinth Rocks Park

A Cave, a Waterfall and a Labyrinth

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is a neat story behind how the Labyrinth Rocks Park became what it is today. Many years ago the late Dave Whittaker, a former geologist and mining engineer, realised the uniqueness of the area and leased the land off the local council. With a lot of hard work and dedication, he opened up the [...]

  • Weir built to divert some of the Six Mile Creek water down the tail race

Geological and Human History in Murchison

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

At 10.17am on the June 17, 1929, Murchison was rocked by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Damage to houses, buildings, bridges and roads was severe, and the road from Westport to Reefton was closed for 18 months. However, the most drastic consequences of the big shake were to the landscape. Being midwinter, the countryside was sodden [...]

  • Gillespies Beach carpark and camping area

Gillespies and Galway Beaches – 
Coastal Variety

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gillespies Beach was once a thriving, albeit short-lived, goldmining settlement. At its peak in May 1866, the township consisted of 1500 people (600 miners), 11 stores, two bakeries and two butchers. Because of the limited gold success the population dwindled to 200 people by October of the same year and just two years later only [...]

  • The very friendly hut tomtit. The DOC sign is one of his favourite perches

Native Birds and a New Zealand Great Walk

September 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you’re keen on experiencing a New Zealand Great Walk but don’t have the time or perhaps the fitness to complete the whole journey, the eastern Glenorchy end of the Routeburn track provides the opportunity for a very pleasant and relatively easy day walk. Depending on how fast you like to walk and how many [...]

  • A rare vagrant visitor to our shores from Australia - a glossy ibis

Wairau Lagoons Walkway

May 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Wairau Lagoons cover an area of 2400 hectares of wetland and salt marshes, on the Pacific coast just to the east of Blenheim. The lagoons have formed over thousands of years behind an eight kilometre-long boulder bank created from gravel and stones washed up the coast by sea currents. Water from the surrounding hills [...]