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The journey along the Kahurangi Coast

The Kahurangi Coast with the Kahurangi Lighthouse

Now usually I would blog about a trip that I would promote doing as I hadn’t had any hiccups doing it myself, but I think this time i’ll blog about a trip you should think twice about doing. One of the most compelling yet most dangerous trips i've ever done; The Kahurangi coast.

The Team

New Zealand is surrounded by beautiful coastline on all it’s stretches and corners. Many of the more visually appealing have been transformed into townships and cities as time has gone on, with major roadways built in order to make them more accessible. I would say there’s 2 last bits of major coastline that I know of which remain inaccessible; the final frontiers if you like. This would regard the coastline surrounding that of the Milford Sound area and also the stretch of coast going along the Kahurangi National Park.

This trip had been on the minds of the Steve, Richard and Kieran for a number of years, having been told it was possible from people they had known who’d done it and made it back to tell the tale. The real motivator for this trip to go ahead was Steve, he did all the planning, the forecasts, tidal times you name it. When I got invited to come too, I was fizzing over how good it was going to be, unbeknown to what dangers I was letting myself in for.

Enjoying the sunset at Kahurangi Point

We started out on Saturday 22nd April, driving from Takaka (Golden Bay) out to Paterau which is the end of the road on the North West Coast South Island NZ. It was then we took off and began to head down the endless beaches, our aim to get to the Kahurangi Keepers House by that afternoon. We had a couple of river crossings, the Anaweka and Big river which due to it being low tide, were fairly simple and not much hassle. The sun was shining, baking the sand around us; it was a glorious start to the trip. We reached the House only a few hours later, and with the tide being out, started out looking for Pau finding a few amongst the exposed rocks. The nights are getting darker earlier and with the sunsetting around 6pm, I decided I would spending the evening while I was still fresh taking a post up on the rocks, looking upon bays on both sides and capturing some shots of the sunset before joining the others around a fire. All was good, and everybody was excited yet nervous for what lay ahead of us.