Boundary Stream from Shine Falls, Wednesday 10 May 2017
Banner Photos: Kelvin Shaw
Shine Falls on this day needed to be renamed Rainbow Falls. Because that is what we found upon arrival at this local picnic spot. Eighteen trampers set off in good weather despite the forecast for showers. We were going up the track to Pohukura Road and the DoC information site to have lunch and return the same way (do the harder uphill part first).
Shine Falls, which is about 20 minutes from the car park, was in full flow from recent rain and the early morning sun was shining across the face. A clear rainbow was formed in the spray.
Several in the party wanted to go as far as energy allowed, whereas some who had never been to the DoC site and the kaka aviary were keen to get there. The arrangement was to rendezvous at the DoC site for lunch. A few went around the loop track to see more bush and hear more birds, and this delayed their return by 20 minutes. But it was worth the effort.
In the end, 11 made it right through. Some went bushbashing at the top of the falls, intending to get to the very top and look down, but they gave that idea away when faced with deep water in the stream.
All in all, a good day.
Trampers: Dorothy Sole, Sue Marshall, John Stairmand, Viv Bramley, Peter Brown, Hilary Heath-Caldwell, Marie Deroles, Sue Martin, Bruce Hodgson, Ted Angove, Peter Slagter, Vic Bullock, Pauline Loughran, Murray White, Simon Hill, Paul Exeter, Denise Payne and scribe Kelvin Shaw