Hine Rd - Top Turere - Whakanui Sunday EM
21 August 2016
This satisfying easy-medium circuit including the top Turere makes a good winter’s outing in any weather, with fine weather remaining until we were home on this particular occasion. Our chosen route for the day starting in at the Hine Rd entrance into Harry Todd Reserve (between numbers 20 and 22 near Wainui Coast Rd), rather than the Willis Grove entrance, and up to Crowther with the communications masts. We know from a glance at the internet that Harry Todd (1918 – 1993) was very active with his camera in the seventies and eighties around Wainuiomata, recording many local treasures such as art work in bus shelters. At the top of the steep drop to Sunny Grove we located the Camp Wainui Track after a few minutes, as the gorse and toetoe had been cleared well back from the track, modifying old foot pad appearances. On reaching the McKerrow Track the 8 minutes north to the upper-most trapping/kiwi monitoring route crossing the Turere requires little energy.
Lush ground ferns carpet this spur, little knocked around by frequent runners and trampers, encouraging us to take a timely lunch near the bottom. Kiwi monitors passing through were very happy to stop and chat, particularly thanking the club members engaged in trapping work, as we thanked them too for their part. Some of our group were unaware that Kiwis lay two eggs in each clutch.
Several foot pad meanderings around the river, including the trapping lines and different crossing spots, resulted in the first members of the party arriving there to take the first likely spot to cross. A resulting couple of scrambles were required to get back to the route on the other side. At the Whakanui Track a most chilling wind that always seems to favour that corner greeted us, so we quickly moved on to an uneventful descent on the Whakanui Track to Sunny Grove. Everyone was happy not to take other possibilities such as the Nikau Track or the back of Sunny Grove route and paths beside the Wainuiomata River to Poole Crescent. Soon all people and cars were collected and homeward bound.
- Party members
- Elizabeth Bridge, Michele Dickson (leader and scribe), Cecil Duff, Julia Fraser, Sally Hasell, Christine Leighs,
Liz Martin, Helen Quinlan, Lyn Taylor, Marris Weight