Charming Creek railway track

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.

Workshop

Workshop

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The remains of the loading area

The track follows the river and the views are very pretty.

Pretty!

Pretty!

After about 45 min you come to a bridge over the Ngakawau River.

Built by the NZ and Fijian armies for a training ex

Built by the NZ and Fijian armies for a training ex

The Mangatini Falls

The Mangatini Falls

On the other side there are remains of the baking rail

On the other side there are remains of the braking rail

Not much further on is Watson’s Mill.

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Old engines

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If you go up to the left about 100m past the mill site there is a big open area. Walk back towards the mill about 50m and you will find this old fireplace.

 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.

Most of the track is like this

Most of the track is like this

You’re nearly there when you come to this old engine.

From some time in the 50s?

From some time in the 50s?

The track comes to the site of Mumm’s mill.  This ran until the 1960s.

Piles of remains

Piles of remains

Another old boiler.  This one was used for sawing.

Another old boiler. This one was used for sawing.

The turnoff for the Charming Creek mine is here.

Loading area

Loading area

Another boiler!

Another boiler!

It takes about 15 min to make it to the mine site.  On the way up there is an old hut to the right.

If you go up here there is an alternate track to the mine.

If you go up here there is an alternate track to the mine.

It took me about 2 hr 15 min to reach the mine.

Plenty of remains

Plenty of remains.  It was closed in 1988 but the remains all look to be from the 1950s/60s.

The building was the bath house

The building was the bath house

The shaft

The shaft

Inside looking out

Inside looking out

I took the alternate track back.  It has quite a few remains along it.

Old hut

Old hut

How many boilers do you need?

How many boilers do you need?

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.

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