Wed­nes­day Walk­ers

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Last week Wed­nes­day walk­ers left the carpark at rear of the Great Lake Cen­tre, ram­bling down river along River­side Park, paus­ing at the Con­trol Gates. This fa­cil­ity, com­mis­sioned in 1941, was planned to reg­u­late the vol­ume of water ac­tively con­trolled, nor­mally within a range of 1.45m, rep­re­sent­ing one per cent of the lake’s to­tal.

The group briefly­crossed a for­merly open space mid-Nukuhau, now a 19-sec­tion de­vel­op­ment, be­fore de­scend­ing into one of the Brent­wood gul­lies.

The width and ori­en­ta­tion of this wa­ter­way lead­ing to the lake edge guar­an­tees water flow, so there’s the equiv­a­lent of traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures, in­tended to calm water flows.

The speed bumps and chi­canes are many ar­eas of our na­tive phormium tenax (New Zealand swamp flax — harakeke) with dis­tinc­tive long, stiff leaves.

Leav­ing this gully, a short cross­ing of Aca­cia Bay Rd was made then we passed next to the boat park be­fore the bridge cross­ing again. Bernie on 378 9229 has avail­able de­tails for next week’s walk start point. ma­ture black­woods was crowded by their pro­lific off shoots. The stream is spring fed and the water was cer­tainly very clear. De­spite this we looked in vain for trout but did see the tiny diver­sion con­structed to pro­tect their spawn­ing path­way up and down the stream away from man made ob­sta­cles. In the 1950s a wa­ter­wheel and pump was built at this site to pro­vide water to the wool­shed and dwellings on the Whanga­mata¯ sheep sta­tion. The orig­i­nal pump can still be viewed as can the non-func­tional wa­ter­wheel which is a replica built by lo­cal Kin­loch res­i­dents. The track fol­lows an area of na­tive plant­ing.

Lo­cal res­i­dents work to main­tain this open area with work­ing bees and on­go­ing preda­tor trap­ping. It was a shame to see honey­suckle had es­caped from gar­dens and was blan­ket­ing some of the plant­ings and that a row of nearly 40-year-old kahikatea had been dam­aged. We es­caped home dry and just be­fore the next del­uge. Next week is a longer ex­cur­sion. If you would like to join us or for more in­for­ma­tion search Taupo Mon­day Walk­ers on Face­book, phone David on 027 592 294 or email walk­ersmon­day­[email protected]

Photo / David Foss

The water wheel on Kin­loch’s Whanga­mata¯ Stream walk.

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