We escaped the big smoke for two weeks in early January - headed over to the West Coast and up to Punakaiki and onto Karamea.
A lot of sleeping, heaps of reading, mugfuls of cafe culture, mountain biking, bushwalking, evening vinos, and even a little photography.
Hadn't been up to the Denniston Plateau or to Karamea in over thirty years!
This image on the left is the top of the Denniston Incline, which used to transport all the coal down to the waiting trains - even carried the ladies down to the Saturday night dances!
Mokihinui Beach at sunset.
The remains of the SS St Lawrence remains visible on the beach most of the time. Wrecked there in April 1891 without loss of life.
Scotts Beach on the Heaphy track.
A magic part of this world - apart from the sandflies of course!
Typical northern west coast bush.