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NEW ZEALAND'S WEST COAST

Canterbury, Buller and a little bit of The Grey

Story by Jeff Smith Photography November 14th, 2014

the map

A quick lowdown of where we went - for perspective

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exiting canterbury

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THE RAHU SADDLE

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And then it rained

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reefton

A small town on New Zealand‘s West Coast region, in the valley of the Inangahua River. Reefton Power Station was the first power station to supply municipal electricity in the Southern Hemisphere. The power station turbine was run by water supplied from the Inangahua River (pictured)

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HAWKS CRAG - within the buller gorge

Seriously, that’s its name
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denniston

During its heyday, Coal gave Denniston a large enough population to justify having its own lodges, churches, and sports clubs. It also had its own Returned Services Association, and five Lodges.

Now it’s a dead Museum

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The Banbury Arches

An old tramway and a rope road. DOC has recently been clearing the vegetation from around the mine entrance, and during this work a second, smaller arch was found to exist next to the main arch. The Banbury Arches can be viewed from below, via newly formed track to a viewing spot.

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cape foulwind

A name was bestowed upon this promontory by English explorer James Cook in 1770 after his ship Endeavour was blown quite a distance offshore from this point.

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The tip of the cape

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And then we were off - towards greymouth

And it rained

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THE PANCAKE ROCKS - Punakaiki

The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the ‘pancake‘-layering of the limestone - created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments.

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looking along the coast

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back on the road - south/west

A road-rail bridge - on a state highway
Give way to trains

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engineering

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arthur's pass

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We found snow :3

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kea (Māori: kɛ.a; Nestor notabilis)

A large species of parrot of the superfamily Strigopoidea found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak

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The Otira Viaduct

Completed in 1999, the 440 metres (1,440 ft) four-span viaduct carries State Highway 73 over a stretch of unstable land, replacing a narrow, winding, dangerous section of road to the top right of the photograph, that was prone to avalanches, slips and closures

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downhill

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approaching canterbury

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canterbury

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