Karori to Sinclair Head
25 July 2001
After wet windy weather it was great to wake up to frosty sunshine on Wednesday, July 25. Twenty people met at the corner of Karori Road and Burrows Avenue around 9.15 am to set off through Wrights Hill bush reserve. We stopped at the lookout for a break, where we were joined by the 21st member of our group, who’d arrived late at Burrows Avenue but managed to catch us up.
From the lookout we dipped down to follow the "rollercoaster" around part of the Karori wildlife sanctuary, leaving it for a farm road ten minutes before the sealed road which leads to Hawkins Hill. There were various options for reaching the south coast but the fine weather made views a priority so we veered left just after the pink "castle" and stayed on the Red Rocks track. No-one was tempted to take a suggested detour down to the valley floor and along the Waipapa loop, which links up with Te Kopahou/Bunker track. We enjoyed lunch in a sunny spot with views to the snow clad Kaikouras.
Down on the coast, nine of us took a short detour to see the wintering seals. We counted more than a hundred. We walked back along the coast to catch buses from Island Bay.
This wasn’t a strenuous or wildly adventurous trip but I was interested to find that one or two people were unaware of the route from Burrows Avenue through the reserve to Wrights Hill, and the ease of reaching Sinclair Head from Karori. And I was reminded of a useful tip when groups are travelling by Wellington City Council buses. After 9 am (and all day at weekends) and up until midnight, an individual can travel on Wellington buses for $5 and better still, a group of four travelling together can ride for $10 the four, changing buses at will. This was a good saving for us.
The party: John Hart, Hugh Middleton, Dawn Townsend, David Burson, Marjorie Gee, Dennis Gee, Ted Jabbs, Rolf Kluger, Kath Kerr, Jenny Dickson, Phil Dickson, Diana Barnes, David Currie, Bill Wheeler, Graham Tohill, John Hill, Kerry Popplewell, Lindsay Cuthbertson, Sue Cuthbertson, Hugh Slocombe and Pat Reesby (leader and scribe).