Kaweka Flats Biv and Iron Whare – 16 August 2020

On a very crisp morning we set off at 7.00am in the truck from Glenda and Peter’s in Te Aute Road.  Lex was driving and did an incredible job as in some parts the windy twisty road was icy and pot-holey.  

Kaweka Flats Bivvy is located in the eastern Kaweka Forest Park .Once we arrived at theMakahu Saddle carpark the cloud was very low and you couldn’t see too much.  However, as the day progressed it became beautifully clear.  The track was very well cut and marked.  The track sidles through beech forest, in and out of side stream gullies, in a northerly direction. The track follows an old stock route which was used when grazing was prevalent between the 1860’s and early 1900’s. The vegetation gradually changes to thick regenerating manuka.  Along the way Kim (the potter), Lex, Derek and Simon cleared out traps along the way and reset them.  All up there were 6 dead rats and 1 stoat in the traps.  

We stopped at Kaweka Bivvy for a snack and a break and then followed the track onto the Iron Whare.  Iron Whare is a historic hut built in the 1870’s.  Getting there from the bivvy was an easy hike and took about another 45 minutes.  Whilst we were having our break at the Iron Whare we had the company of a kaka.  

We then headed back to the carpark.  All in all a really great day out and enjoyed by all.  

Party:  Jude H, Susan L, Janice L, Paula K, Simon W, Anne D, Kim M, Deby M, Greg S, Lex S, Derek B, Robyn P, Des S.

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