Conservation Week runs from 1–9 November. To celebrate this we have asked DOC staff to share with us their favourite local conservation spot to visit.
The are so many great places that I love visiting on the West Coast. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one, so I will choose my top four!
Lake Mahinapua is a favourite. I love to swim there in summer, and in still weather the reflections are amazing.
My favourite trip is to take a canoe out on the Lake, and then paddle down Mahinapua Creek, through beautiful wetland and forest to the mouth of the creek, which is almost all the way to Hokitika.
I see lots of white herons, and it’s a really gentle creek, so anyone can do it!
Charming Creek Walkway
Charming Creek Walkway just north of Westport is one of best tracks to mountain bike.
The Mangatini Falls and Gorge are spectacular, and the track passes through several tunnels, which are fun to bike in the dark!
Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti
Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti is not actually on the West Coast but it’s a place I often stop at on my way to Christchurch. I love to walk around the rocks, and climb over them—it’s great fun.
Pororari River, Punakaiki
The Pororari River in Punakaiki is such a lovely place for a walk—the forest feels prehistoric, with nikau palms and towering limestone bluffs, and the river is clear and slow flowing.
If it’s a really warm day I find myself a swimming hole!
Celebrate Conservation Week
Discover the world where you live this Conservation Week—find a local conservation spot on the DOC website.