Lankey Creek Track is a beautiful forest walk through predominantly beech trees, with an understorey of ferns. It uses an old tramline for part of the route, and passes old gold mine sites, a reminder of the history of this area. We began at the Lankey Creek carpark on State Highway 7, about three kilometers east of Blacks Point. The walk ended at Blacks Point, via the Murray Creek Track, a few kilometers east of Reefton. The track is well maintained and takes about two hours to walk.
Track starts gently, and crosses bridged streams
Some steep steps in the first 30 minutes
A mining relic near the Bolitho Mine, a stamper (on the right), used to crush rock in order to extract gold
Remnants of the Bolitho stamper, in operation until 1940
An eerie reminder of the past, the entry to the Bolitho Mine
South Island Robin
Exiting a small tunnel on the track
Many beautiful ferns
Further along the trail
Admiring tall beech tress
Site of the Energetic Mine Shaft, about 30 minutes from end of the track (click once to enlarge). The shaft was 692 metres deep, extending to 200 metres below sea level.
A famous local, celebrated by a memorial at the beginning of the walk