The west coast of the South Island of New Zealand is nothing short of spectacular. Around every turn there seems to be a rare and hidden treasure. Along Ship Creek we found the ancient Kahikatea Swamp Forest. It is considered to be New Zealand’s best example of a swamp forest. I thinks it’s beautiful, even without a bright sunny day. See if you agree:
Travel Tips for Visiting Ship Creek:
- Ship Creek will be signposted along State Highway 6 about 20 kilometers north of Haast, or 20 kilometers south of Lake Moeraki, which is where we parked to hike to Monro beach to see the Fiordland Crested penguins.
- Bring mosquito spray.
- Remember, there are two hikes from the carpark, one into the swamp forest, the other to the beach.
- If it’s a nice day and you plan to swim, you might want surf shoes, it’s rocky rather than sandy.
Have you driven along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island? Did you stop at Kahikatea Swamp Forest on Ship Creek?
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