June 2011

This report describes the historic values of the Charming Creek Walkway in the Buller Region of the South Island's West Coast.

The walkway has many great stories to tell about milling and coal mining, all of them linked by one of New Zealand's most outstanding bush tramways.

Charming Creek Tramway publication cover.
Publication cover


Charming Creek Walkway in the Buller region of the West Coast, follows the lower Ngakawau Gorge and the Charming Creek Valley for approximately 9 km from Ngakawau to the abandoned coal mine.

Mostly it follows the alignment of the historic bush tramway and passes several associated historic sites, including the Bins site at Ngakawau, Watson's Sawmill, Mumm's Sawmill, and the Coal Mine.

The tramway operated from early in the 20th century until 1958. The walkway was subsequently formed during the 1980s. It is recognised for its scenic and natural beauty as well as historic values.

Publication information

Authors: Jackie Breen and Amy Findlater

Prepared for the Buller Kawatiri Area Office

ISBN: Print - 978-0-478-14898-5; Digital edition - 978-0-478-14899-2


Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Fax:   +64 3 756 9188
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
Postal Address:   Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842

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Charming Creek Walkway

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