Track’s potential marred by trees
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.