MAKARA WALKWAY 15 DECEMBER
It was a perfect Wellington day. Five trampers set off from Greytown, keen to fit some R & R into our pre Christmas schedules. We met up with three others at Makara beach at 9.30.
We started along the coastal walk, then up onto hilly farmland, following the track to the summit. Great views of the turbines, blue-green sea and the South Island.
We reached the gun bunkers, three concrete buildings only now, fenced off and desolate. From this spot we did the short loop walk to B2, the only turbine accessible to the public. Here we found Stan stretched out under the turbine getting some excellent photo shots. The B2 turbines are enormous white structures and generate enough electricity for about 71,000 homes. And they do make a whining noise!
Here six of us left on the Opau loop, a 5.5 km walk through beech trees and great views of coastline and turbines. Helen and Wayne took the downwards track to meet us later.
After lunch we all continued along the coastal track, another 3.3 km of flat pebbles and lots of driftwood, and arrived at Makara Beach settlement about 3.00 to a very welcome coffee at the local café. A great day enjoyed by all.
Helen Morison, Juliet and Ed Cooke, Mary Lambert, Stan Smith, Kay and David Bowie, Angela Kelly from Masterton, Wayne Hodgson and myself, Margaret Tonkes.
OTARI WALK 22 DECEMBER.
At last we got a fine enough day to do this tramp which we had planned for early in the year. We left Greytown at 8am, and met at Otari at 9.15. The entrance way is really inviting with native gardens and water features. A walk along the tree canopy path led us down to the Troup clearing where we began the uphill walk to the 800 year old rimu tree. We had missed the turn but back tracked. A good spot for a cuppa. We followed this same track up to the pine plantation where we could see part of the old Karori cemetery. The signs are a little misleading so Barry, Stan and Bruce continued on this track and we went on the Kohekohe track, which lead us to meet up at the 4WD track that leads to Churton Park. We had lunch on a clearing with a lovely vista, over Wadestown and towards Somes Island. We veered right and this lead us back to the colour coded tracks that are part of Otari, through the flax clearing and back to the Troup lawn. The drizzle cleared for our tramp and it was quite pleasant with a bit of cloud cover.
We were back at the cars and ready for the trip home by 1.30pm, arriving in Greytown in plenty of time to prepare food for our Christmas gathering, held at Bruce Eglington’s. Thank you Bruce for such a lovely evening.
We welcomed Theresa Fawdray to our group and we hope to see her on many more of our tramps.
Trampers were Ian and Rosie, Stan, Bruce and Mary, Barry and Lynne, and Theresa..