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30 March - Kuripapango
It was a very small group that travelled to the Lakes Road car park on Sunday to start their walk up to Kuripapango Trig. Maybe it was the forecast of not so fine weather, but the forecasters were wrong. We had a brilliantly fine day up there, a little mist first thing which turned to sunny blue skies. The sun rays through the fir trees were spectacular as we started up and we got good views of the Lakes. For lunch we carried on into the beech forest past the trig to a clearing that gave good views all the way to Ruapehu. Afterwards we diverted to the trig for a look around before descending to Lakes car park.
20 March Yeoman's Track
The mid-weekers enjoyed natural beauty on their walk to Ellis Hut along Yeomans Track. Birds seen or heard were Kereru, Fantails, Tui, Robin and a group of Rifleman. The regeneration of Rimu, Miro and other natives were evident and the Cabbage tree avenue was clearly visible with the leaf fall. As well, nteresting fungi and the purple berry Dianella were attractive along this easy graded track.
17 March Makaretu Hut via Happy Daze and Makaretu Stream
On a Sunday tramp in mid March the Club walked in from a farm off Ellison Road (near Norsewood) to Happy Daze Hut for morning tea and then on to Makaretu Hut, returning back in the afternoon. Good weather and low flows made this an enjoyable day.
The midweekers also visited Happy Daze hut earlier in the month and the photos reflect both tramps
2-3 March Maungataniwha Lizard Hunt
Finally a lizard! We have been monitoring the area at the Maungataniwha Life Force Forest since 2013 for lizards and this was the first time we had found one - a common gecko. Much of this forest was pine trees but is now being revegetated back to native forest so hopefully we will see more and more lizards in the future. As well as monitoring the traps/lizard houses we replaced old rusty pit fall traps with plastic ones and established a second grid of pitfall traps to replace one lost to the river.
17 Feb Tutira Walkway
This was lovely sunny day to walk the Tutira Walkway and we were rewarded with with great views. The lake was clear and large trout were spied from the Pa site There is definitely a lot more treed areas than when we were there in 2011 and the muddy sheep tracks in most places are now bulldozed formed tracks. In addition one now has the option to take a siddle detour shortly after the Ridgemount Road, and thus avoid some of the climbing, returning to the ridge top a little south of the summit.
2-3 Feb Irongate Hut
This weekend was a tramp in the Oroua River valley in the Western Ruahine Range - from the Petersen Road end past Alice Nash - Heritage Lodge and on to Iron Gate Hut for the night. 1 blue duck was sighted at Iron Gate. On the Sunday 6 returned back the same way while the other 2 did a 12 hour workout - up to the tops at Iron Gate then along the tops and down again via the ridge below Tunupo, checking traps as they went.
January 19-20 Central Whirinaki Hut
This weekend 13 of us ventured to the end of Plateau Road in the Kaingaroa Forest to walk the southern section of the Whirinaki Track to Central Whirinaki Hut. This is a magnificent beech and podocarp forest with not too many hills to climb and a good track to follow. We saw most of the native bush birds including the long tailed cuckoo, riflemen and Kaka. We arrived at the hut around lunchtime and spent the afternoon following the track further northwards where we found a family of 7 blue ducks who were very obliging for the photographers amongst us. Two family groups arrived in the afternoon so the hut was relatively full for the night. Sunday was a return trip back to the truck.
January 13 - Yeoman's Track
Photos from our tramp along Yeoman's Track to Ellis Hut on 13 January. This is an easy tramp along a fairly flat track amongst great bush and lots of native wildlife. Starting from the new poled route at the end of Wakarara Road we took about 6 hours to do the return trip.
January 6 - Waikare Beach
With temperatures in the high 20s a beach trip was just the way to start the new year. We started at the Waikare River mouth and walked south along the beach until we got to the end of the sandy stretch below the earthquake slip. Here we had lunch, some had a quick dip and some climbed up on to the earthquake slip, before returning back along the beach. It was very hot climbing back up the hill from the beach to reach the DOC camp and our cars so an ice cream at the Tutira store on the way home was most satisfactory.
9 Dec. Parks Peak - Ruahine Range
It was hot when we started walking up Sentry Box ridge towards Parks Peak at 8 AM this Sunday and it just got hotter as we made our way up the very steep ascent. The abundance of native flowers (orchids, eye bright , daisies etc gave plenty of reasons for a quick stop here and there. Most made the hut for an early lunch and had a rest while waiting for the stragglers. The return back down the ridge included a detour for some to inspect the top section of the Kamatua Track and others to take in the 360 degree view at Pohutuhaha but all were back at the truck by 4.15
5 Dec. Flat Rock - Tangoio
What a beautiful day to enjoy a coastal walk along to Flat Rock. Leaving the road end at 10.15 we arrived at Flat Rock, at 11.45. On the horizon were five container ships waiting to dock in Napier Port when the two huge cruise ships leave. We lunched on the beach to the north of Flat Rock and returned to back to Flat Rock, afterwards before returning back to the truck
24-25 Nov Standfield Hut and Cattle Creek Hut - Ruahine Range
This weekend was a tramp up the Tamaki Stream behind Dannevirke. Three choose to botanize and stay at Standfield Hut (and particularly enjoyed an explore in the Rimu Flat immediately opposite the upstream end of the Holmes Ridge track) while 5 others carried on to Cattle Creek Hut for the night. On the Sunday 3 carried on northwards from Cattle Creek to come out 9 hours later on the Apiti Saddle Track (never again was the quote) while the rest returned directly back to the Tamaki West Road end.
Nov 11. The Cairn Trip
70 years ago Club members built the Cairn on top of Kaweka J to remember the 11 members who lost their lives in WW2. As near as possible to Nov 11 each year we climb up to the J to continue this tradition. This year our Cairn Trip was on the 11th November, exactly 100 years since WW1 Armistance Day.
Labour Weekend: Mount Egmont and Rotokare
Those on the Club's Labour Weekend trip to Mount Egmont enjoyed 4 days of fine weather. Based at the Dawson Falls end, daytrippers ventured to Kapuni Lodge on the Saturday and to East Egmont and Waiangora Hut on the Sunday while a second party walked through to Lake Dive Hut to stay the Satuday night there. On the Monday, on the way back to Hawkes Bay, they did a detour at Eltham to visit the wildlife refuge at Lake Rotokare. The Saddleback were in full voice
Oct 14 - Lawrence to Mackintosh Hut
It took about 4 hours to get from the carpark on Lawrence Road, to Mackintosh; walking down the hill & across the swingbridge to follow the track to Lotkow Road until the turnoff down to the Donald River. From the Donald is is a long, steady climb up the other side to the plateau and along the northern edge of this plateau to Mackintosh Hut and lunch. The trip out to the Mackinosh carpark is much shorter (just under 2 hours) . A great day out on a lovely fine day.