Omau is a settlement not far from Westport. It has been the site of one ship wreck , a thriving mining and forestry area, seals and large town. Now it is a motel and tavern. The trees and railway have gone. The lighthouse has been rebuilt and automated. Tiny place, few people, big on hospitality and the surroundings are breathtaking.
Apart from seals , this area is known for blue penguins and the rare Weka bird. This one was checking out the tourists in the car park.
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Along the west coast to Nelson , mining of gold, coal and other minerals has been common. Consequently there are remnants of this history in railway and mining debris. Lyall is an example of this. 1870 a town went up in 6 months with six hotels, two butchers, drapers, school, church, and other stores.
This is part of an 80 km walking and bushwalking track called the Old Ghost Walk. The history of the town and the characters who lived there are remembered now only through photos and graves.
There are many hidden sights like this waterfall or distant views of towns that look as if they are painted.