Blackwater School

Blackwater School

On our way to the Waiuti mining area near Reefton, we came across an old school and were surprised it was open.

When we went inside  it looked like the children had just gone out for lunch. It was fascinating looking around this little school with it old photos of the once thriving area. There is now only the school and a couple of houses left. It looks like the school closed at the end of 1947 according to the school rolls school. A snap shot of history well worth visit.


How to get there:

Access to Waiuta is signposted from State Highway 7, – 58 km north of Greymouth and 21 km south of Reefton.

Beyond Blackwater a good shingle road winds up through forest for 8km to emerge on Waiuta’s Top Road.


4 thoughts on “Blackwater School

  1. Hi, I would love to use one or two of your photos of Blackwater School for an article in the Education Gazette. Could you please contact me- email details below.
    Joy Stephens


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