Hokitika adventure

Hokitika River estuary, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

The town of Hokitika was 40 kilometres from Greymouth.It was the starting point for the drive to the Hokitika Gorge, reputed to be one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Only 33 km from town and add in a round trip past Lake Kaniere,total trip approx 60km, through mature rimu forest, a beautiful sunny day. The vibes were good…

We should never set out to explore with only a basic mud map on a tourist brochure. I know I am “directionally challenged” and we both had different interpretations of the instructions. .

Nosy young cows

The first part was well settled farming area, cows and more cows and sealed roads going in all directions. Very hard to work out the main road. No sign posts. I thought such a famous place as the Gorge would be well signed. In the middle of a farming community it is hard to find a person to ask for directions. When we saw a tractor approaching we flagged him down. He admitted the map was confusing and gave us directions and I thought we were now on the right track. Oh dear some how his directions and the road we followed didn’t match and we ended 10km along a no exit road and had to retrace our tracks.Number 2 person was a farmer on a trail bike. We caught him just as he came out of his drive. Surely we would find it this time…Person number 3 was a mother waiting for her son to arrive home on the school bus. She gave us the best instructions using hills as land marks and finally we found it…

Hokitika Gorge

Swing bridge over the Hokitika River

Perseverance paid off and the walk through the amazing moss and lichen draped beech and rimu forest led to the swing bridge that spanned the vibrant turquoise blue of the Hokitika River.It is hard to catch the atmosphere of this forest and Gorge in a photograph. It is like many places in nature to be surrounded by the beauty of it is what makes travel compulsive.

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