Charming Creek WalkwayBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
Officially closed until further notice due to large rockfall.
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This trail follows an historic bush tramway used to transport timber and coal from the Charming Creek coal mine. The track follows Charming Creek and the Ngakawau River for much of the way. The historic rail tracks are still in place in sections and the track passes through several hand-cut tunnels. At the turnaround point at Charming Creek mine are a number of mining relics and the Mangatini Falls are also a highlight. With two cars the track could be run in one direction only, however it is a bit of a drive from Westport to the Charming Creek end so it is best run as an out-and-back trail.
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Features of interest
Charming Creek coal mine, waterfall, tramway.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
Follow the State Highway north from Westport to Ngakawau until you spot the signs for Charming Creek Walkway, next to the Stockton Mine coal processing plant. Turn down Tyler Road and follow it to the end at a small car park.
Gravel DOC carpark. No public transport in the area.
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Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Some water sources in the area are contaminated from acid mine drainage from coal mining so best to take your own.
Muddy in parts after heavy rain but can also be exposed and hot in mid-summer through the latter part of the track which passes through relatively open pakahi.
Post run indulgence
The Waimangaroa dairy happens to make amazing homemade pies which are most definitely worth stopping in for on your way back to Westport post-run. The store also sells all the usual cold drinks and ice creams if that's more your thing.
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