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More cave madness in Karamea! I didn't plan on going in so many caves but there are so many where I'm traveling and some even right on the trails so I had to check them out. I did some hiking in the Fenian area with the Fenian Caves and over to Adam's Creek Workings and Fenian Workings where there were some old mining operations in the 1800s. The coolest experience was inside Miner's Cave in Fenian where I went in about 100 meters, turned off the light, and saw around ...
... br> Our first stop was a walk known as Charming Creek – this used to be a privately owned railway servicing the logging and mining industries in the area but is now a little used walking track that follows the old lines. The walk took us about 2 hours in total but took us through some really nice scenery as the old lines hug the side of the gorge, the path goes through old railroad tunnels carved out of the rock, past huge waterfalls, and past the old remnants of ...
... Punakakai that had been mentioned in our guide book so we pulled over a spent half an hour walking around the tops of the cliffs watching the sea booming into the rocks and shooting up through blow holes. Some of them were really powerful and sent salt water high into the sky before showering down on us. In the same area were what are know as the 'Pancake Rocks' which are stacks of rock made up of layer upon layer of what look like thick pancakes. Apparently they're formed as ...
... and most beautiful and most unchanged environments leave us humans speechless, so why I wonder do we destroy them? We then took a walk to a mirror lake and another tunnel. With the latter you could walk all the way through and around it. The boulders were so huge and white, so smooth with brown waters swirling around. The last stop were two enormous caves where you could wander around freely. The hot day was cooled as soon as you entered ...
... the sound of the rain pelting the sides and top of the rain fly on the tent. We quickly broke camp and trudged on through the mist, taking a brief rest stop after 7 km at the Gouland Downs. After Shaun and Mike finished making coffee, we continued on towards Saxon Hut via subalpine scrubland and tussock. From there, it was a long 17.2 km go towards the James Mackay Hut (our destination for the day), through periods of mist and drizzle, brief ...