Route 66, USA eat your heart out, here’s a route with attitude. State Highway 6, rugged, hidden corners and a journey through the soul of scenic Aotearoa New Zealand. Country blues, folk ...Read more
The West Coast is naturally isolated from the world by towering alpine ranges and tumuneous ocean seas. The remote South Island, West Coast invokes a sense of curiosity about a place not many venture to. West Coasters are a distinct culture within New Zealand with rugged independence a key attribute.
The extractive industries of pounamu (jade) timber, coal and gold are industrial legacies. The trudge over uncharted mountains, following the footsteps of hardy souls who had source pounamu and sheer determination to finish the journey is the story of the Coast. The story of extraction is the narrative of the coast. The West Coast is the birthplace of the modern labour party born out of the mining industry working conditions. The evocative Brunner Mine Site – Best Bits is a harsh reminder of the price miners paid for poor working conditions.
HIghway robbery, desperate mining strikes for better working conditions and abandoned mines will be part of the journey’s story. You will look for towns that have melted into the landscape with ...Read more
Departing Greymouth you travel down the spine of the coast hugging the road between the Tasman Ocean and the lush native forested hillsides. The West Coast is known for its high rainfall. ...Read more
Follow in the footsteps of prospectors, a heritage gold and coal mining trail. Today you will be on the trail of a nineteenth century gold miner. You will be travelling north viewing Denniston ...Read more