Lankey Creek Track, Reefton

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.

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Track starts gently, and crosses bridged streams

 

Some steep steps in the first 30 minutes

Some steep steps in the first 30 minutes

 

A mining relic, a stamper to crush rock to extract gold, near the Bolitho Mine

A mining relic near the Bolitho Mine, a stamper (on the right), used to crush rock in order to extract gold

 

Bolitho stamper

Remnants of the Bolitho stamper, in operation until 1940

 

An eerie reminder of the past, the entry to the Bolitho Mine

An eerie reminder of the past, the entry to the Bolitho Mine

 

Eerie reminder of the past, entry to Bolitho Mine

Bolitho Mine

 

South Island Robin

South Island Robin

 

Exiting a small tunnel on the route

Exiting a small tunnel on the track

 

Many beautiful ferns on the track

Many beautiful ferns

 

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Further along the trail

 

Mainly beech trees .....

Admiring tall beech tress

 

Site of the

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,

A famous local, celebrated by a memorial at the beginning of the walk

 

 

 

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  1. Pingback: Lankey Creek Tram Track – Walking in an Enchanted Forest | coastingnz

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