Round trip from Owhiro Bay
27 February 2002
We left our cars at Owhiro Bay just after 9.30am and walked along the coast.
About fifteen minutes past Red Rocks, just before the four-wheel drive track up to Long Gully, we saw a lone seal, obviously left behind after their annual wintering in the area. Oystercatchers were also seen on the rocks. We made the steady climb up to Long Gully Station, pausing for morning tea in a sheltered spot, as the wind was getting up. We took a track just behind the farmhouse to Te Kopahou trig where it was harder to find shelter from the wind but we enjoyed our lunch anyway. Then we were on our way again, with one fellow who hadnít previously seen the radar dome imagining a giant striding across the hills with a giant-sized golf club.
A few minutes from the dome, we took the tip track on the right, dropping down out of the worst of the wind. After about twenty minutes we veered to the right and for the first time on this trip were able to walk on grass rather than stones or gravel tracks. This route also has the advantage of avoiding a walk along Happy Valley Road from the tip entrance, as it emerges almost at the Coast at Owhiro Bay. We got back to the cars around 3.30pm.
This round trip can be done in reverse direction, or with variations, such as taking one of the tracks down to Sinclair Head from the dome area. The views are great in fine weather. It involves private land, so thanks to Steve and Christine Watson of Long Gully Station, and also Cliff Denham whose land we crossed briefly towards the end of our trip.
Party members: Diana Barnes, David Burson, Adrienne Carley, Bob Cyffers, Carole Haigh, Hilary Hunter, Kath Kerr, Don Logan, John McIvor, Ray Munster, Michelle Paterson, Kerry Popplewell, Pat Reesby (leader and scribe), Colin Silva de Simas, Ingrid Snoek.