The Road to Nowhere

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Hatter's Creek

Flag of New Zealand  , West Coast,
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One of the Lees' favourite pastimes is venturing down unmarked roads

and those with a "No exit" sign. Sometimes we end up in muddy puddles

that Mr T can't negotiate, or in someone's backyard or in a workman's

base. But more often we find hidden gems; great little spots that only

the locals know about. That's how we found Hatters Creek.

Curiosity killed the cat but took us down a mostly decent gravel road

initially past a few scattered houses and then wound up and around a

mountain and met the low-lying clouds halfway. We weren't sure where

it led so we kept going until we found out. It was indeed a dead-end

and the start of a 3 day hike. It was already dark by then so we

u-turned outta there, and back to one of the few enclaves we passed.

We spent most of the next day there, just reading and sleeping in the

sunshine, alongside gurgling Hatters Creek. Nothing but nature. Only

one ute passed eastwards at 8am and westwards at 8:40am. A bird flew

in to greet Mr T and then he Tui to me one more time. Sandi the

sandfly and her mate, Bee, were our only visitors that day.

Later we discovered that we were on Mt Greenland (905m) enroute to the

Mikonui track.
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