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Above: Anne, Daniel and Glenda on the trail to­ward Lok­tow Road.

Photo by J. Love

The other four, Glenda, Anne, Jan­ice and Daniel, opted to go to­wards the Lotkow Road end and then down the Don­ald River which flows south­east even­tu­ally reach­ing the Tu­taekuri River.

Af­ter we walked down the steep metal Lawrence Road, there was the dra­matic swing bridge cross­ing the Tu­taekuri River. Af­ter cross­ing the bridge, you take the track up­wards to­wards the Mack­in­tosh Track which drops steeply at first and then steadily to the Don­ald River.

“Fol­low the Don­ald River down­stream for an hour, to where it joins the Tu­taekuri River, about five min­utes up­river from the Lawrence swing bridge. The walk along the Don­ald River is un­marked, but ac­cess along manuka ter­races is not dif­fi­cult.”

The wind was rag­ing on the ridges as we started but it al­ways seemed to be above us es­pe­cially when we were walk­ing along the river.

Glenda was right, it was a great day to be criss-cross­ing the Don­ald which we did over 15 times. Spot­ting the first of many invit­ing deep pools, it was in ‘boots and all’ drift­ing down the cur­rent back to the start and drift­ing down again. What a re­fresh­ing way to beat the heat.

It was hard to keep Glenda out of any of the pools af­ter that, and you had to ad­mit it was a great way to cool down es­pe­cially be­fore the long drag back up to the cars at the Lawrence Road end. The crys­tal clear, fast­flow­ing wa­ter did the trick for any ail­ments.

Com­ing across a small eddy, we saw a tad­pole con­ven­tion in the shal­low wa­ter. Amongst the teem­ing tad­poles were a few small green frogs on the fringe and cam­eras were whipped out to record the mo­ment.

The sides of the canyons were cov­ered in plants as they soared straight up to the tree-line. At the Don­ald/Tu­taekuri River junc­tion, we trav­elled up river to see if we could spot Colin and Peter try­ing to prove they were just as quick as last time they did this trip 30 years

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