An unexpected West Coast gem, Reefton was once a bustling mining town, now a rather pleasant place to stop after crossing Lewis Pass.dsc_0142

Randomly it was the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lights.dsc_0145

It’s once wealth is apparent in the heritage buildings.dsc_0138 dsc_0154 dsc_0143

Rail enthusiasts will love one of only two surviving single Fairlie steam trains (double’s are more famous, particularly on Welsh railways), though it had clearly seen better days.dsc_0129 dsc_0133

Heading further west is the sizeable Buller Gorge, complete with some inventive roading.dsc_0171 dsc_0170

Author: jontycrane

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