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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 9 (December 1, 1934)

Down the West Coast

Down the West Coast.

The high lights of such a land cruise in the South are the Big Three, the West Coast glaciers, the Aorangi sector of the Southern Alps, and the Otago and Southland Lakes. It is a long way from Picton and Nelson down the Buller route to Westland and to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, but there is change of scene all the way. The quiet rural charm of Nelson, with its great orchards, the splendid motor run down the winding valley of the Buller River, a valley that becomes a gorge where the road engineers have carved a wonderful highway; the coal towns of the West Coast, Hokitika with its memories of the roaring Sixties; memories of the rough old days of the land of gold, and legends of the greenstone-working age.