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The mountain fairies tell many different stories, looking up the internet you´ll find all sorts of descriptions. However what has been fascinating me was the fact that we still can feel them, even so we might not see them. One of the known homes of the Patupaiarehe is Otepatotu. The mountain top reachable from the car park in less than 1 hour through wild forests. Taking one step after the other and reaching into the wilderness takes you immediately away from the hectic world. On top the open area leaves you breath taken and it widens up again, looking from the mountains to the sea. Back to the fairies, imagining that they have been trolling around in this area, what a playground? They could hide on stormy foggy days and hide between the rock faces.
Lake Kaniere is just a few minutes drive out of Hokitika. Well I´ve heard that there are some sandflys around. But if you don´t mind them you will have a delightful time. The drive around the lake is manly gravel, nicely tacked away in the bush. Lots of walks to many huts around the place and also short walks to beautiful waterfalls and the shore of the lake. One of New Zealand’s colourful birds are easy to see by the road. The Pukeko is great fun to watch for the whole family.
The west coast is such a powerful place. The waves crash on shore after being miles and miles, roughly 1.400! The energy which gets pushed on shore eats away the manmade lookouts created only since some decades its stars to crumble.
The name of the town Hokitika means freely translated: ´The going by the right path`.