So first day on the Wilderness trail and what a treat we had. The iSite, supermarket and start of the trail in Greymouth were all 500m from Duncan’s house (perfectly situated WarmShowers host).
The trail started through some industrial site on the outskirts of town
before developing into a blissful beach trail.
We had the promise of penguins, but unfortunately no sightings.
Crossing one bridge was a bit interesting as not only was it single lane for cars, but it had a train track running through it as well! We managed to not get hit, or fall on the rails and made it safe to the other side.
Then after Kumara (the traditional end of day one, but only lunch for us) the terrain drastically changed into some epic forest trail.
As we continued we wove around lush lakes and through awesome native bush.
Just before our planned stop we bumped into a friendly character called Paul, who was tending to his cows. He waved us down and kindly offered for us to camp on his land. This swiftly manifested into joining him in his hut up on the hill. The only trouble was that it was over a river with no bridge. We hitched a ride ‘kiwi style’ in his four wheeled drive. Then battled through it with the bikes ratcheted down on the trailer behind.
The evening was great being in the interesting company of a bushman since the 70’s. Learning about local history and off grid sustainable living. His little piece of serenity was a blessing and to be shielded from the rain didn’t heart either.
He rents out this little beauty on Air B&B definitely recommended a stay as it is a perfect opportunity to get back to nature whilst still being connected with the world, click here for more info and how to book.
We wish him well with his ideas in supporting cycle tourism on the trail.