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April 13th 2013
Published: May 4th 2013
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Saturday, 13th April - Day Ten: Franz Josef to Westport 281km (169 miles) continuing up Hwy 6 along the Tasman Sea coastline where vast and muddy deltas head out to the Tasman Sea, past Hokitika, the “Jade Capital of the World” and a delightful tourist town with Opossum and Pauna shops (known elsewhere as abalone shell). This is also dairy country where a high percentage of dried milk product goes to China.

Shantytown Heritage Park

Howard and I were the only couple to stop at Shantytown, where we had a delightful short rail trip on an old 1887 steam train, which used to serve one of the old sawmills during the gold mining era.

More rivers, creeks, narrow bridges and several scenic reserves, a few town with wide streets.

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The Possum People shopThe Possum People shop
The Possum People shop

soft garments made from brush tailed possum and merino wool
a bird in the busha bird in the bush
a bird in the bush

created in the Jade Factory from metals
can you find the bird?can you find the bird?
can you find the bird?

a display at the Jade Factory
beautiful greenstone objectsbeautiful greenstone objects
beautiful greenstone objects

this jade found only in New Zealand
Shantytown Shantytown

just 4km further on
a very large water wheela very large water wheel
a very large water wheel

this is a Stamp Battery run by the water wheel that is used to crush gold-bearing rock
coal fired steam enginecoal fired steam engine
coal fired steam engine

hop a ride on a genuine 1887 steam engine
our train engineerour train engineer
our train engineer

driver and also coal stoker talking to Howard
one of the huge logs in the sawmillone of the huge logs in the sawmill
one of the huge logs in the sawmill

this is a typical bush sawmill that could cut through huge old red beech trees for the gold mines
the only female gold minerthe only female gold miner
the only female gold miner

this is a fascinating story of this intrepid small woman
Map of ShantytownMap of Shantytown
Map of Shantytown

old fashioned sweets, King Dick's Cafe, fire-station, bank, printers and many more buildings from the late 1800's

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