Wed­nes­day Walk­ers

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Twenty-seven Wed­nes­day walk­ers last week de­parted the carpark across the road from the Taupo¯ Events Cen­tre, ini­tially track­ing along Tauhara Rd be­fore en­ter­ing the walk­way be­tween that road and Crown Rd. Yet more of those abun­dant walk­ways be­tween streets were ac­cessed start­ing from next to Ta­harepa shop­ping cen­tre. Pro­gres­sively, as sev­eral streets were briefly tran­sited many had dif­fi­culty iden­ti­fy­ing their ex­act po­si­tion with­out street signs un­til we emerged from the up­per edge of Kim­berly Re­serve and back on Ta­harepa Rd. The group passed Taupo¯ In­ter­me­di­ate School be­fore skirt­ing the rather wide open space sur­round­ing our hospi­tal and pon­dered why this vast open space en­com­passes this pre­cious fa­cil­ity. The pe­riph­ery of Tauhara Col­lege grounds and Crown Park were fol­lowed in a semi cir­cle un­til reach­ing the walk­way lead­ing back to Tauhara Rd and the ini­tial out­ward track fol­lowed in re­verse. An­other in­ter­est­ing walk pass­ing ad­ja­cent to and through ar­eas our out-of-town par­tic­i­pants sel­dom visit or are aware of. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing walks and the start point are avail­able from Bernie on 378 9229. re­serve land was des­tined for sub­di­vi­sion but saved in 1966 and even in 1980 HM Fletcher com­mented in his book that the ac­qui­si­tion was the envy of much larger towns. The gar­dens are pre­dom­i­nantly planted in na­tive trees and plants and this along with preda­tor trap­ping pro­vides a great ur­ban sanc­tu­ary for na­tive birds. The bird­song was drowned by much chat­ting although one sharp-eared walker heard the call of a shin­ing cuckoo. Heaps of colour was pro­vided by banks and glades of aza­leas and rhodo­den­drons. When the num­ber of camil­las are added to the count over 2000 of these flow­er­ing plants have been planted. There were new tracks to ex­plore on the south­ern bound­ary of the re­serve, all com­fort­able walk­ing ter­rain with plenty to ad­mire in­clud­ing the hid­den painted rocks left by ad­ven­tur­ous chil­dren. Out of re­spect for our noble Agathis aus­tralis vul­ner­a­bil­ity to kauri dieback we skirted the Fern­dell and Kauri Grove to avoid any po­ten­tial

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