Short walks and wild picnics

I love short walks and wild picnics - and in Buller (the northern west coast, Sth Island), where I live, I have discovered some wonderful places to share!


 The Millerton Bathhouse Walk

featuring hot water streams from Burning Mines, an old miners' bathhouse, and views of the mighty Tasman Sea from Granity right up the Coast from Millerton - a quaint mining village 1000 ft up.


From Westport, take State Highway 67 to Granity.  Watch out for a tiny turn off marked Stockton Mine (over the railway line), just past the Granity Village recycling bins.  Follow this spectacular new road (it won the Small Roading Project of the Year Award) in 2007, to the Millerton turnoff.  Wind down through the ‘Mansions’ of Millerton – quaint mining cottages perched on rock in the middle of the forest, then take a left turn at the little bridge at the bottom….stop outside the quaint Information Centre.


The Bathhouse walks are wonderful and little-known Millerton walks. They were the brainchild of Leicester Kyle, a longtime Millerton resident and poet.  They were developed by Leicester, with funding from the Department of Conservation, and ongoing work from some dedicated local residents.  The Information Centre was Leicester’s house which he gave to the community when he died.  The house was once a Doctor’s Rooms but now is a quaint place to start to learn a bit about the area you are going to walk in.


Once you have finished looking at all the interesting information the Centre has to offer, drive up the steep little hill in front of you and park at the end of the road……then walk back and up, crossing a small stream bridge – continue to the Bathhouse.  Then if you have more time, continue up the huge paved stone slab path, across warm water streams (feel them with your hand) coming from an old Burning Mine, to old mine and tunnel entrances. 

The History of Millerton

Millerton is named after H.J. Miller, once chairman of the Board of Directors of the Westport Coal Company.  When both underground mines closed in 1969 many houses were moved from Millerton to other Coast towns.  About 30 households remain. 

Millerton gets almost three metres of rain a year!

Picnic Ideas:

There are sheltered picnic spots everywhere - but the most spectacular is just down the hill from the Millerton Info Centre, on the old road where you can see ocean, coastline and forest stretching for miles from 1000 feet above it.......WOW!

(I've got lots more fabulous spots to share - so come and stay soon!)