Dacre Cottage

Okura Bush Scenic Reserve

In which Miles walks the rest of the Okura Bush Walkway – most of it anyway.

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To visit the Department of Conservation page on Okura Bush Scenic Reserve, click here.

On the way to Stillwater, I thought I saw horse and deer in the same field. I couldn’t get close enough for a good picture, but was rewarded for stopping by another field of alpaca.

Alpaca en route to Stillwater
Alpaca en route to Stillwater
Alpaca en route to Stillwater
Alpaca en route to Stillwater

These cute and friendly-looking creatures can be seen many places in New Zealand.  They are used as pack animals on guided hikes.

I started on the opposite end of the Okura Bush Walkway this time, to insure that I’d see parts of the walkway that I hadn’t made it to on my previous visit. While the south end of the track feels a bit remote, the north end is just outside of Stillwater.

The Stillwater end of the walkway follows the Weiti River, with views of boats and mangroves, as well as a beautiful landscape when looking inland.

Boats and mangroves on the Weiti River
Boats and mangroves on the Weiti River
Scenery near the start of the Okura Bush Walkway
Scenery near the start of the Okura Bush Walkway

I guess the tide seemed too high to take the Coastal Route, because I chose to take the Overland Track instead. The Overland Track is a very healthy climb through the bush, leading to views over the Karepiro Bay, and offering a first view of Dacre Cottage.

View from the Overland Track
View from the Overland Track
First view of Dacre Cottage
First view of Dacre Cottage

Dacre Cottage is small and quaint.  I couldn’t help but think about what it was like living in these beautiful surroundings.

Dacre Cottage
Dacre Cottage

From Dacre Cottage I walked on the beach a bit, then headed back to Stillwater, this time using the Coastal Route.  It features interesting rock formations, coastal cliffs, and cool trees, as well as views across the bay and river.

Coastal Route
Coastal Route

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