New Zealand Walk: Catlins River Wisp Loop Walk

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Brenda Greene

Dur­ing March, there was no-one ex­cept the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion ranger at the Tawanui Camp­ground. We headed off for half and hour in one direc­tion on the Tawanui Wisp Loop Walk, part of a two day, 12km per day tramp­ing track. The sec­tion we did was easy to walk on an un­formed sur­face over lots of beech tree roots.

Sec­tions of the tea coloured Catlins River were lined up to a 5m wide strip with sil­ver beech on both sides. None were fenced from the sur­round­ing farm and forestry land. Only a few kilo­me­tres down­stream, only willow and other in­va­sive weeds lined the banks.

Apart from the lan­guid river and a soli­tary fan­tail, there was little else to see, al­though we did look out for na­tive mistle­toe. The longer day walk held a lot more prom­ise for an­other day.

Road ac­cess is via an ex­ten­sion of Catlins Val­ley Road or Morris Sad­dle Road from Owaka Val­ley.

This would be a great place to pitch a tent, park a mo­torhome, fish, moun­tain bike or drift on a car in­ner tube to­wards the sea.

Above: Sil­ver Beech near the Tawanui DOC Camp­site up­per Catlins River.

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