West Coast - Seddonville
Seddonville is an area on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. The Old Ghost Road trail finishes here at the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge where the mouth of the Mokihinui River leads out to the Tasman Sea. The settlement is lightly populated and known for the historical role it played in New Zealand's coal mining industry. Located about 50km north of Westport in the Northern Buller Region, Seddonville is surrounded by native bush, mountains and wilderness. One end of the Charming Creek Walkway is located at Seddonville. Seddonville was named in honour of the legendary Liberal Premier Richard Seddon. It was also the site of an early experiment in state socialism – New Zealand’s first state-owned coal mine opened there in 1903. more
When the name was chosen in 1893 Seddon joked that he hoped the town would prosper, as he wouldn’t want his name to be associated with failure. ‘King Dick’ didn’t get his wish: the mine struggled and was closed in 1914, eight years after his death.
Later in the 20th century the Seddonville area became a centre for private and co-operative mines, and hydraulic mining technology was pioneered there. But due to its exceptionally high sulfur content, Seddonville coal became difficult to sell. Mining ceased in the 1990s, and only a small community remains. The main reminders of the area’s mining heritage are the Chasm Creek and Charming Creek walkways, both of which follow abandoned railway lines.
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Mobile-friendly - Get your Hire Bikes, hard tail or full suspension, from the people who service and ride bikes. With a good number of full /multi-day rides in and around Westport such as Old Ghost Road , Denniston Plateau, Charming Creek, Heaphy Track, Paparoa and Pike 29 Track. We offer a shuttle service as well as service workshop and Retail shop.
Mobile-friendly - ORIGINAL SHUTTLE AND RELOCATION PROVIDERS FOR THE OGR. Recognised SPECIALISTS in VEHICLE RELOCATION, from $140-$160 incl. Lock boxes at both ends, free secure fenced parking in Seddonville for ultimate peace of mind. SHUTTLES run on demand to suit you. For any size group our competitive pricing structure will not be beaten. Check our website for prices and customer reviews.
Mobile-friendly - The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is managed by the Charitable Trust that operates The Old Ghost Road. From the front deck you can just about cast a fishing line into the mighty Mokihinui River. From each room, the jagged edge of the Glasgow Range silhouettes an untouched sky. Any direction you listen or look, you're immersed in native wilderness.
Mobile-friendly - Surrounded by majestic mountain ramparts and bush covered hills, the historic township of Seddonville is a mere 30-minutes scenic drive north of Westport - halfway to Karamea. Gateways to the Kahurangi National Park, The Old Ghost Road and Charming Creek walkways & cycleways. Seddonville Hotel features 6 comfortable motel units, full bar facilities, meals, snacks, and hot and cold drinks.
Trampers transport to all tracks in the northern part of the South Island, including Kahurangi Park, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman. For all numbers of persons we can pick up by 4WD from accommodation or airport anytime of day to one or both ends of tracks including: Heaphy, Tablelands, Wangapeka, the Cobb Valley, and the Leslie Karamea.
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