A glimpse into our history
We’ll start our trip either at the car park or in the nearby town of Westport, where we can grab a coffee in my favourite café before heading out. The scenic drive leads along the coastline and through several small townships – I can tell you all about them as my family is from here and I have spent a lot of time discovering the hidden gems around.
The track is well-marked and easy-going; the hike itself is not the challenge, but finding all the relics in the bush is! If you look close enough, you can find abandoned equipment and rails amidst the ferns, next to bigger remnants like the top of an old locomotive and some miners’ huts. All have been reclaimed by the bush.
We’ll follow the trail over wooden bridges and through tunnels carved into the rock until reaching a 37 meter long suspension bridge and the Mangatini Falls thundering into the river. There’s also an abandoned timber mill closeby, built by good ol’ Bob Watson, the owner of the railway.
The trail goes on for 10km in total, however, we can customize the trip and focus on the most interesting sights. Chat with me after you’ve booked and we can figure out what you’d like to see.