ACTIVITIES – what not to miss
We are just three minutes from the start of one of the best walks in the area – Charming Creek Walkway – which can be broken up into short sections of 10 minutes to an hour – or become a five hour experience.
WILD RIVER RAFTING AND UNDERWORLD GLOWWORM TRIPS
The Wild River Rafting trips down the massive Buller River are said to be some of the best in the country – and in the old goldtown of Charleston, Underworld Adventures operate unforgettable rafting in inner tubes through the magnificent Nile River glowworm caves. This area is where the BBC filmed scenes for The Lost World Dinosaur Docudrama.
the cowshed cafe
The Cowshed Café at Gentle Annie Beach on the North Bank of the picturesque Mokihinui River – spectacular setting with wood-fired garden pizza oven (and yes it’s in what used to be a cowshed!!)
Choose from an easy grade day ride up or down Charming Creek Walkway, to high altitude high plateau riding through the Denniston trail network. Or cycle all or part of the mighty Heaphy Track north of us, in the quieter times of the year (multi-day ride). Day cycle the purpose built mountain biking track in the Oparara Basin – or test yourself to the limit with the new Grade 4 Old Ghost Road – entry from upper Seddonville or Lyell in the Upper Buller Gorge – multi-day ride for advanced riders only.
Arts and Crafts
The Buller region as the Northern West Coast is called is full of working artists attracted by the climate, peace, and the astonishing landscapes.
Granity village has a good collection of local art and a population of local artists working from there – painters, jewelry makers, textile artists, and sculptors. Karamea, too, north of Ngakawau, is home to many fine artists.
Catch a fish or two
Surfcast or longline torpedo fish for rig, blue whiting, elephant fish and snapper. Whitebaiting in any of the local rivers in season (September 1 – November 1) is great fun and no licence is required.
However, a licence for freshwater fishing for trout is required but easily obtained.
Local hunting and fishing guides are available for our world class river trout fisheries.
The Denniston Experience
High above the sea on the dramatic high plateau become one of the mining crew on the Underground Union Experience – kitted out as a miner of yesterday, you will tag in and become part of an unforgettable story – told in sound, holograph and person. If you’ve read the bestselling books (Denniston Rose and Heart of Coal by Jenny Pattrick) you’ll know you can’t miss this. And if you haven’t – start here. Click here to see more of the Denniston story.
THE MANSIONS OF MILLERTON
Just minutes from our front door, is the Millerton Road – Millerton is our last high plateau mining village set in unbelievable landscapes of sheer cliffs and bluffs on the top of the plateau above the mighty Tasman Sea. There are wonderful walks the locals have built for you to enjoy and quaint museums and exhibits which tell the Millerton Story.
THE HEAPHY TRACK, OPARARA ARCHES AND HONEYCOMB CAVES ARE UNDER AN HOUR FROM OUR DOOR