"Nursing a hangover?" Greymouth by goflynn

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Making sure the drive is short...

Only an hour's drive to the North on Sunday to Greymouth. Driftwood is the ornamentation for west coast beaches – every shape, size and colour. Shantytown, just south of Greymouth, is a reconstructed 1880s gold rush town long in gold mining history. We're here shortly afternoon. The dance was crowded, and I caught a taxi both ways from Ross. As I said before, picked up a speeding ticket on way to festival for 113 in a 100 zone. damn... No cruise control, and my heavy foot. Still on my mind today, too...
We made way to the Paroa Homestay Bed and Breakfast for a one-night stay. Paroa Homestay overlooks the Tasman Sea and is a three-minute walk from the beach. Relaxing on the twin terraces and enjoying the incredible sunset, and enjoying the chorus of native birds nesting amongst towering trees and native shrubs. Relaxing in the luxurious and spacious guest lounge in this classic style home. We kicked back on this Sunday... After a good rest, we enjoyed a continental breakfast; by Hostess Pam.
The Maori people are the indigenous people of New Zealand, and for several centuries, Greymouth was their home. It included a "pa" (fort) to defend its population just as Europe is littered with forts and castles that served the same purpose. Surviving Maori still retain possession of prized tracts of town property. Economically, their influence is still felt. The town's area was known to its Maori inhabitants as 'Mawhera' (Widespread River Mouth) and is acknowledged in the town's long, river-hugging street: Mawhera Quay.

  • Last visit to Greymouth: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 3, 2005
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