Boutique Barnstay – Staveley, South Island, NZ

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Supposedly spring!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
At the weekend following a very late snow the day before (Nov 9) we took our two American guests to explore the Rhyollite Ridge Route on Mt Somers.

This is the most stunning walk with great views, through tussock and beech forest, over gullies and ridges. Water was seeping from everywhere as the snow melted away and it filled the gullies becoming gushing torrents of water in places where there is usually only a trickle! 

We saw the new red flowers on the mountain beech and in the carpark at Woolshed Creek found the backcountry clematis (Marata) flowering on the matagouri bushes.

There is some history involved too... with the Blackburn mine and relics....and on the way home we dropped in at the historic musterers hut in the village, which was also used by trampers prior to the building of the present Woolshed Creek hut.