Last week my son stayed for a few days. As he is a good kayaker and knows the Buller and Murchison region well, it was a good opportunity to scout out access points (for photography, not kayaking I hasten to add). We’ve had quite a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks, so the river was in flood. So, armed with Graham Charles’ book “New Zealand Whitewater”, we set off.
The previous post in this series was all about humour, something which helped to keep us sane. I have another example here. Unfortunately, it needs a bit of introduction so please bear with me.
At one point in my career, when I was Technical Manager at the NZFP Kinleith mill, I actually had two bosses. One was Jack Henry, joint managing director of the whole company and the resident director running the Kinleith mill, while the other, Ron Hall, General Manager of the Technical Division, was up in head office in Auckland. It made life quite complicated at times.
My wife returned from Greymouth a couple of weeks ago saying how beautiful the Buller River is looking at the moment. Friday was the first chance I had to check it out. She was right.
The trip was a bit mixed. I found a great place to stay, the Riverview Holiday Park in Murchison. Reasonably priced, clean and very helpful staff. Even had wireless Internet. I think will be a good base for future photographic trips this region. The pub meal at the Commercial Hotel was good too. They were proudly showing the rugby on TV, not the Royal wedding. The royalists were apparently across the road in Murchison’s other pub, all dressed up. The only blot on the evening was the rugby result: the Auckland Blues beat the Otago Highlanders (due mainly to poor refereeing decisions, of course).
The Buller River is not easy to photograph, especially in the Buller Gorge itself. I haven’t yet found a good access spot yielding prize-winning photographs. More effort required here. Still, there were some very colourful photos: