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The Star: May 25, 2017

travel I 2 west coast

travel I 2 west coast winter weekend embrace the crisp coast air, jaw dropping scenery & off the beaten track remoteness While it might not be sunbaking on a loungechair weather in Canterbury, surprisingly the West Coast enjoys relatively good weather over the winter months. Greymouth is the perfect starting point for your West Coast adventure. Either head north on a drive to Karamea or head south to the mesmorizing glaciers. Here we’ve rounded up a few of the must-see and do’s for Greymouth and both north and south driving trips. IN GREYMOUTH: Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and has everything you’d expect of a medium sized town. It’s a town rich with a history of jade hunting and gold mining and a town where you’ll hear some ‘only in the coast’ style stories while sitting in one of the popular pubs sipping on a local brew. The Monteiths Brewing Company is the obvious choice for a visit while in Greymouth. Established in 1868, the brewery offers four tours of the factory every day. Witness the making of beer in open fermenters by coal-fired boilers, and learn of each beer’s origins and special characteristics. Besides, who doesn’t want a beer tasting at the end of a tour? If you want to take away a little slice of West Coasts’ scenic heaven, a visit to the Nimmo Gallery in Greymouth is also a must. Award winning photographer Stewart Nimmo’s work is more than just simple photos of a pretty landscape. “He creates images with an emotive response, capturing a sense of place that few can. Nimmo knows the many moods, weather conditions and aspects of the coast.” He has cleverly turned a few of his spectacular images in to wall decals too. HEAD NORTH: GREYMOUTH TO KARAMEA The Great Coast Road is rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten drives in the world. Making your way up the coast from Greymouth to Wesport you’ll find endless spots to put your camera under its paces. 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If you’ve got the time, a day trip in Barrytown will provide a unique experience. Make your own West Coast souviner, a knife crafted out of steel and native timber. For the adventurous, you’ll also get some axe throwing and target practice thrown in. Further north, Punakaki’s Pancake rocks and blowholes are a noteworthy stop. The pancake rocks really do look like pancakes! Taking over 30 million years to ‘cook’, the best way to view this ancient spectacle is by doing the 20-40 minute track. If you head at high tide you also see the blowholes in action and might even spot a Hector dolphin or two. Travelling on to the charming village of Charleston, you can step back in time by visiting one of the gold mines from the 1800’s. Only a short drive up the road you’ll come to Westport . Denniston Dog or The Bay House make a great lunch spot, before cruising on towards Karamea. For the adventure enthusiasts head offroute at the Buller River to Lyell. You’ll find a long-forgotten gold miners’ road that has been revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail. Westport is the base for The Old Ghost Road and you can do sections, an overnight or traverse the entire trail. The entire trail will take you 2-3 days to ride or 4-5 days tramp! For anyone wanting to up the anti. there are tour packages that include heli rides, white water rafting combined with biking/tramping on the track. If you’ve stayed on the coastal route you’ll get to Karamea which borders Kahurangi National Park and is a nature-lovers paradise with caving, birdwatching, mountain biking, fishing and hunting, kayaking and rafting opportunities. There are a huge variety of short walks near Karamea including the Nikau Walk and Scotts Beach Walk which highlight the natural bush and coastal features of Karamea. You feel like you have entered another world when you visit. It’s isolation and pristine, undisturbed nature at it’s finest. HEAD SOUTH: GREYMOUTH TO THE GLACIERS Travel south from Greymouth for half an hour and you’ll hit Hokitika. Famous for greenstone and jade, you’ll be spoilt for choice with art pieces available to purchase from many a gallery. 35 minutes south of Hokitika you’ll find the quirky settlement of Pukekura. With a population of two, it’s officially the coast’s smallest town. It’s also the home of Pete’s possum pies and the Puke pub that makes it a great little spot for a slightly crazy, untamed coast experience. From Pukekura it’s little more than an hour drive before you hit the Franz Joseph. On the way get the camera out for a stop at Lake Mapourika, one of the coast’s famous reflection lakes. The Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier are most accessible glaciers in the world, and one of only two places in the world where you can view glaciers descending into rainforest. You can view the front of the glaciers yourself by walking the glacier valley walks. There are plenty of guided options for experiencing the glaciers and if you have time on your sidestop over for a night in the Fox Glacier. If you head on the 20 minute Minnehana Walk, the enchanting rainforest walk is ablaze with glow worms at night. The West Coast really is a crazy, untamed, beautiful beast and a winter driving trip is definitely the best way to stumble upon some really stunning scenery, uniquely coast experiences and plenty of genuine kiwi hospitality. Stewart Nimmo

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She set up the Moxie Market website/blog to talk about the things that interest ‘women of a certain age’ and to discuss relevant issues honestly and with candour. You’ll find a plethora of articles and encouraging discussions of interest to New Zealand’s women on topics as diverse as ‘7 Things I No Longer Give A Damn About Now That I’m Middle-Aged’ to ‘Reflecting on the Big OE.’ Why Moxie Market...did you feel there was a gap in the market for honest, interesting articles for older women? Some years ago I was contemplating the Boomer tsunami and was surprised at the percentage of women that made up the demographic. This led me to think about the number of ‘revolutions’ we have lived through, fashion, music, travel, careers, sexual liberation. We represent a true inflection point in history; women will never be the same as a result. We came of age during the radical 1960s and ‘70s. We have had choices, made decisions and experienced things our mothers only dreamed of. It cannot be overstated how dramatically life has changed for, and been changed by this generation of women. You set up with no credentials in this space, what has been the biggest learning curve for you with the whole experience? I do have some credentials in that I am a woman of a ‘certain age’ and have experienced many of the revolutions in music, fashion and career opportunities. It wasn’t until I thought back to my experiences that I became excited and so thankful for the impact, both good and bad, that the experiences had on my life and are reflected in who I am today. If you could share any pieces of wisdom to your 20/30 year old self, what would they be? Be true to yourself, don’t look back. Every day is one more yesterday and one less tomorrow so don’t waste time with regrets and guilt. Just strive to be a better version of yourself, don’t try to change who you are. Where to for Moxie Market? Over the next twelve months Moxie Market will be delivering more open and honest articles dealing with ‘break the glass’ subjects that will resonate with many women. In our youth obsessed world, I want providers of products and services to speak to us, to take us seriously, to customise and to understand that we are a powerful, lucrative, and as yet, untapped market. To that end I am encouraging reputable companies who appreciate the value of women in the Moxie Market demographic to promote relevant products and services that I will be able to stand behind. Visit Iris Apfel - 91 Apfel is Manhattan’s oldest and coolest It girl. Quirky oversized, owl-frame glasses, stacks of bangles and flashes of bright colour are all part of her signature style. “No amount of money can buy you style,” she said recently. “If someone says, ‘Buy this – you’ll be stylish’, you won’t be stylish because you won’t be you. 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