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Date:  31 October to 5 November 2020 or  1 November to 6 November 2020


31 October 2020

Blue Springs walkway – Taumarunui – Sunshine Track

Blue SpringsDrive to the Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring which are located in South Waikato near Putaruru. The hike to the springs follows a path along the Waihou River, through wetlands, over rolling pastoral countryside, offering views of small waterfalls, native bush and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way.

Sunshine Track 1 hour return -- Moderate
This is not a very long walk but it is really lovely and worth the effort. Cross Victory Bridge and turn left down Marsack Road and the entrance to the walk is sign posted on the right. The narrow drive leads to a small car park with a wooden fence and a stile denoting the beginning of the track.
The track is well‐formed with plenty of steps on the steeper parts but can become a little muddy after heavy rain. It takes about 40 minutes to walk up if you take your time to enjoy the lovely bush on your way. It winds up through a valley with large kahikatea, totara and pungas along the way. Beautiful birdsong will serenade you all the way up.

When the top of the track has been reached, climb over the stile to the grassy area on the other side. This is a good place to have a snack and a rest after the walk up. From here you get a view of the Whanganui River Valley and a look at the lovely redwood plantation on the other side of the fence. It is really worth the climb to see these magnificent trees before beginning the walk back downhill.The return is very much quicker, and all too soon the magic moment has gone.
The lovely feeling of having reached the top, the bush, the birds and the views will stay in your memory for many years.

Overnight Taumarunui 

1 Novembre 2020

Whanganui River Bank Track – Ongarue Timber Trail

Whanganui River Bank Track 2 hour walk  8 km Easy
This is a very pleasant walk beginning at Cherry Grove where the Ongarue and the Whanganui Rivers meet. Just through the Cherry Grove gates to the left is the start of the track and it follows the river upstream, on a well formed path. It passes under Victory Bridge and then continues along the stop bank to Matapuna where the river tumbles over a clay bed and children enjoy the river slides in the summer time. The river sparkles in the sunshine as it hurries along and often fishermen can be seen hoping for a trout. At quite a few places on this first section you can leave the track and retrace your way to Cherry Grove along the roadway if you prefer to do a circuit.

Ongarue Timber Trail
5‐6 hours to Mangatukutuku Swing Bridge, 26 km return or 3‐4 hours to the Ongarue Spiral, 15.6 km return.

This trail is part of the Timber Trail Cycleway but makes an interesting walk up to the restored Ongarue Spiral or to the Mangatukutuku Swing Bridge. Car parking is at Bennett Road and the first 5 km is over a pumice track to where the trail starts its uphill journey. It is an easy walk up to the spiral with its 50 m curved tunnel and over bridge. A torch is an asset here as it is very dark and often a bit wet. Watch out for bikes as they come down quietly and often very fast. The original engineering feats can only be marveled at and sign boards have been set up to tell the history of the place. Parts of the old curved viaduct over the Mangatukutuku can still be seen along with other relics. The scenery of the bush is great even though it was well cut over in years gone by. If you are not a cyclist then this is a very good walk to do as it is historical and interesting, beautiful and not too steep.

Overnight Taumarunui

2 Novembre 2020 

Forgotten Highway 43 - Mount Damper Falls

Overnight New Plymouth  3 nights

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4 Novembre 2020

Visit garden Festival

5 Novembre 2020 

Drive back to Auckland –Hamilton Garden - Tamahere reserve

Walk in the Hamilton Garden and a long the rivier and the Tamahere reserve

Cost ca NZ$ 375,- for 5 nights + In addition, parts of the gasoline - meals and access gardens

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