Mon­day Walk­ers

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - Festive Food & Wine -

Our group of Mon­day Walk­ers had a won­der­ful day in the Kaimanawa For­est Park last Mon­day ex­plor­ing the route off Kaimanawa Rd to Tree Trunk Gorge. This is a track fol­low­ing an old road used by heavy trucks when the hy­dro scheme was be­ing built. Now­days the old road is fringed by crown ferns, horo­pito and beech trees. The brows­ing deer are averse to the pep­pery taste of the horo­pito leaves which may ac­count for their pro­lif­er­a­tion. Cliff faces of an­cient ig­n­imbrite flow and pumice em­bank­ments were passed. In one clear area at least three mi­gra­tory koekoea (long tailed cuck­oos) took of­fence at our pres­ence and started their alarm calls. We were lucky enough to ac­tu­ally see the birds with their brown streaked chests and a tail that is longer than their head and body com­bined. De­spite the forecast of heavy rain the only dunk­ing we ex­pe­ri­enced was from the four river cross­ings. One brave walker go­ing across barefeet and those with­out wa­ter­proof boots squelch­ing on­wards for the rest of the day. Wet feet were more than com­pen­sated for by the climb up and on the enor­mous wa­ter pipe that feeds the Rangipo un­der­ground power sta­tion and the view from Tree Trunk Gorge bridge. The Ton­gariro River gushes through the nar­row chasm where wa­ter has forced it­self through the ig­n­imbrite rock sheet. We re­turned on the same route and then took the shared track to the Pil­lars of Her­cules where it was dis­ap­point­ing to see huge num­bers of to­tara sapling cut or bro­ken off at about 90cm from the ground. Bracket or shelf fungi were tucked into other de­cay­ing trees. The Pil­lars were viewed from the 40 me­tre long sus­pen­sion bridge. Al­to­gether a day full of in­ter­est. Next week is party time. Our walks will recom­mence af­ter the fes­tive sea­son. If you would like to join us or for more in­for­ma­tion search Face­book for Taupo Mon­day Walk­ers, phone David on 027 592 294 or email walk­ersmon­day­[email protected]

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