I felt I had travelled back 100 years. We arrived in Reefton ( take a moment to click on this link and find out about the interesting history of this pioneer town) at lunchtime and to our delight found that the vintage car club rally had arrived for lunch also. An amazing old-fashioned township that had seen fortunes made and lost in the gold mining era of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It had many of the heritage buildings of that time still in use and they made a perfect backdrop for photographing the immaculate and shiny vintage cars. Jack was in photographers heaven, go to our flicka site to see more of these beauties.(click on any photo and it will take you to Flicka) Meanwhile I strolled along the main street and admired the very high quality art and craft displays before we found the best place in town for lunch. Most of the vintage car club members also had lunch here.
Just out-of-town we stopped at Blacks Point Museum. It was an interesting collection of historical artifacts, memorabilia and bric-a-brac from an earlier and simpler life time. It was all jumbled together and Peter the volunteer on duty today told us many stories of the people who had worked and lived here so many years ago. During the gold mining era Reefton was a very rich town and one of its claims to fame was it is known as the city of light. In 1888 it was the first place in New Zealand, and the southern hemisphere, to generate its own electricity and have street lights.
Reefton was an unexpected gem of a place, interesting history, nestled into the mountains it has reopened some of the gold mines as with modern techniques they can once again make money from them and they still mine high quality coal here. The locals were friendly with time to stop and chat and we had a great lunch…
So refreshed in mind and body we travelled the last 80 kilometres to Greymouth. Arriving at 5-30 we decided to stay another night at Global village. We were greeted back like family….
Tomorrow we head south along this amazing coast line.