Track’s po­ten­tial marred by trees

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - BY ABBY BROWN

Fallen trees that looked like some kind of booby trap from an In­di­ana Jones movie stopped me from fully ex­plor­ing the Ra­pu­rapu Kauri Track.

I was a bit un­sure if this ob­sta­cle was just par for the course for what Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion la­belled as an ad­vanced track on their web­site.

Was I just ex­pected to ei­ther go over or un­der it?

The idea of go­ing un­der made me worry that with one wrong move na­ture would trap me un­der a log.

My sus­pi­cions about na­ture were well founded by the time I got to those wind-fallen trees as I’d al­ready had to dodge vines that wanted to choke me, in­clud­ing one in the shape of the per­fect hang­man’s noose, or trip me be­fore the road­block.

Once safely back home I emailed the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, who are charged with main­tain­ing the track.

They con­firmed that the track I’d walked was sup­posed to be rel­a­tively easy to walk, and not one of their ad­vanced ones.

So the trees I en­coun­tered had just fallen over, and would be cleared.

Apart from sneaky vines and wind­fallen trees my ex­pe­ri­ence of

ag­ilely the track was quite nice, al­though I don’t know who was more star­tled, me or the bird, when a pheas­ant erupted from the grass ahead of me.

The track didn’t sound like it was that ‘off the beaten track’ when I first en­tered the track, which is about 4 kms past the Kaimai Sum­mit on the Waikato side, as I could still hear the

The track didn’t sound like it was that ‘off the beaten track’ when I first en­tered the track.

traf­fic zoom­ing up and down the State High­way 29.

But the traf­fic noise soon faded, apart from the oc­ca­sional roar of a lone mo­tor­bike, to be re­placed by birds chirp­ing and the scrunch of gravel as I nav­i­gated the track.

The first 600 me­tres of the track were through a pre­vi­ously grazed area that is be­ing reveg­e­tated us­ing ra­di­ata pine and tree lucerne.

The track was at first wide enough for a truck to go through but soon nar­rowed once you reached the shade of the Tawa trees.

I wish the wind­fall hadn’t robbed me of see­ing more of this track.

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