Bull Hill M
Bull Hill 863m located in the Northern Haurangis is occasionally included in TTC trips, with the last trip in 2012 prior to this trip. With the permission of Garry McAvoy the Blue Creek Station owner, this trip followed a route over farmland, through pine forest and round a scarp edge which drops steeply into a tributary of Dry River with views to the Rimutaka Range. Here our route joined the marked DOC track on to Bull Hill. At point 598 two of the party decided to wait there for the remainder to return. From point 598 the track drops into a saddle with an area of less exposed bush. Here there was a stand of Olearia Rani (Heketara ) in full bloom, stunning white pyramids standing out against the surrounding green of the bush. The track to the top of Bull Hill was straightforward.
The summit is somewhat disappointing. Without the Forest Service viewing platform that survived into the 1990s there is no view, however on the way back down there was a view of the route followed in the morning from a rocky knob at 650m near to the track. The route back was more direct, crossing open farmland and descending to Blue Rock Stream near the glow worm caves.
To complete a varied day of farm and bush, some of the party followed Blue Rock Stream through the caves. The glow worm displays were brilliant and well worth wet boots after a day of dry underfoot walking. Then time for a quick thanks to the McAvoys who were having a long day at the wool shed.
The day was rounded off with liquid refreshments at a Martinborough watering hole.
- Party members
- Robin Chesterfield (leader and scribe), John Dement, John Hill , Lesley Haines, Carol Kelly, Justin Kerr, Jenny Mason, Penny Salmond, Bill Wheeler, Christine Whiteford