Friday, March 19, 2010

Hawks Crag, Buller River, Westport.


Do have a look at other wonderful skies at this Meme.
Hawks Crag and the Buller River.
The main highway in and out of Westport skirts along the Buller River right from the source at Lake Rotoiti to the ocean at the town of Westport, the river gathers water and speed as it goes along, cutting its way through the rock walls of the Buller Gorge. At this Hawks Crag point there was nowhere to put a roadway when the early settlers were putting in a means of transporting stores and people and coal. The only possible way was to chip away the solid living rock to allow a coach and 4 horses to negotiate around this bend. They had plenty of coal miners capable of doing this tunneling work. The road here is still only just wide enough to allow a coach and four horses, it is low and narrow with traffic lights at either end for safety allowing only one way traffic at a time around this big bend. It is quite unique.
The Buller is a beautiful river that is used by kayakers and white water rafting, as well as for trout fishing.

40 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

The top photograph shows so well the overhang of the rock walls.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

you sure do have some cool adventures!
~laura

The Write Girl said...

I love the first shot with the curvy bend in the road. Great photos and happy sky watch to you : )

J Bar said...

Good one.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

bettyl said...

That looks exactly like a stretch of road in the lower part of the North Island! Gorgeous photos!

Regina said...

Beautiful scenes!

Have a great weekend.

Lorac said...

That looks fun! Quite narrow, so really glad to hear there are lights at both ends!

zoya gautam said...

greatb post glennis ..

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typo :great

rainfield61 said...

The first resembles the view in Penang Island. I enjoy the sea view very much.

Nyle said...

Another note of interest....the thin post you can see half way along the road, is a marker to show how high the water was in the last flood. Scary really as it completely covers the whole crag.

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Stephanie V said...

Ooh, that curving road is swoopy even in a photo!

Vicky said...

I like more the first one!!! Very beautiful photos!!!

L. D. Burgus said...

That curve is a neat photo. It follows the river and gives you a great view.

Katharina said...

Oh hello.

Nice to hear from you.

Have a nice day.
Katharina

Me-shak said...

Excellent stuff Glennis! Love the first one! The road looks amazing!

Keep up the good work!
cheers!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh boy! Glennis, if I lived in a place as beautiful as NZ, I'd live outdoors all the time...okay, except during winter brrrRrrrRrrr :-)

Kaori said...

Love the sky and winding road!

Jacob said...

I have always been told that New Zealand is a beautiful country...and your photos prove it! This is so very interesting...wouldn't want to speed around that curve, probably!

But I wouldn't mind fishing for some trout!

Matty said...

I one horse road, now how about that. It's a nice scenic route there.

Linnea W said...

That's an impressive road carved into that rock. Looks very intriguing. Terrific scenes. Thanks for stopping by at my SWF.

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Hallo Glennis! Super...beautiful adventures...
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fufu said...

sky watch friday... lol
well the sky on my birthday yesterday was great too!! hohoho

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SandyCarlson said...

I love your sunny world. Thanks for these.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Flowers on the top are beautiful. :) Nice post. :)
Best wishes. :)

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Glennis: Beautiful shot with that first sky capture.

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Kcalpesh said...

You captured the curve of the road really beautifully! Perfect composition!!

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roughterrain crane said...

Trout fishing! I want to do it.
This road must have a long history.

Amrita said...

Beautiful place to visit

merike said...

Your country never ceases to interest me more and more! Fantastic photos and the story always is good.

Bananazą“• said...

Hawks Crag is like a canopy providing shade to motorist great work to chip it off piece by piece. Nice serene river. tQ

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