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 kilometres north of Haast, or 20 kilometres 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 to surf shoes, it’s rocky rather than sandy.