I woke up and saw this:
Given that I am not a zillionaire I was limited to holidays near home – REEFTON!
It’s an easy hour’s drive from Greymouth so I zipped up and checked in to the Old Nurse’s Home Guest House. Single room for $50 with extremely hot shower. Excellent.
The I-site was however NOT excellent. I asked about day walks and the woman knew nothing. I must still look poor because she did warn me that the two brochures she recommended would cost . . . TWO DOLLARS.
I went on the little walk around the town. Reefton has a lot of historic buildings – mainly from exodus after gold and coal rushes. The walk takes about 2 hours with a lot of stops for taking photos and sidetracking.
If you head up the road to Christchurch about 400m you can cross a bridge and take the path to the old powerhouse.
The powerhouse site is of international significance. It was the first public supply of electricity in NZ and the southern hemisphere in 1888. Unfortunately the site has been left to ruin.
There were some old churches on the route, teh Oddfellows hall, and a masonic lodge.
I must say that this space evoked the desolation of the town more than any empty shop front.
However there are some buildings that have been restored.
Unlike the powerstation the first light does have a public profile. The original did not survive but there is this replacement in its place.
There is a gym but for casual entry you need to hitch it up during the day at the I-site. There is a somewhat useful jungle gym at the school. I did a bit of exercise but it was FREEZING so I had dinner at Alfresco (but definitely NOT al fresco – I parked myself inside at the seat closest to the heater).
Just as well it was on a hotplate or it would have been cold within 2 min, even with me sitting next to the heater.