Having gone up to Westport I thought I would do a day walk. At Ngakawau there is an old railway that was used for timber and coal. If you want to go turn right at Nagkawau before the bridge and go past the coal depot. There is an unsealed carpark near the track start. You can also access it at the Seddonville end.
The track follows the old railway the whole way. This means that the condition is very good. It has also been metalled thanks to all the spilled coal slack. It seems to be quite a popular easy mountain bike track.
About 15 min up the track you come to the old bins.
The track follows the river and the views are very pretty.
After about 45 min you come to a bridge over the Ngakawau River.
Not much further on is Watson’s Mill.
Not far past Watson’s mill you will smell sulphur. This is from a coal prospecting site. The next site of interest is about an hour further on.
You’re nearly there when you come to this old engine.
The track comes to the site of Mumm’s mill. This ran until the 1960s.
The turnoff for the Charming Creek mine is here.
It takes about 15 min to make it to the mine site. On the way up there is an old hut to the right.
It took me about 2 hr 15 min to reach the mine.
I took the alternate track back. It has quite a few remains along it.
Since it began to rain I jogged some of the way back. It took me 1 hr 25 min to make it back to Nagkawau.