Manawatau Gorge, Wednesday June 18, 2014
It was an overcast day, fine for birds and for trampers. Sixteen of us left Church Road Winery and Peter Washington caught us up at the gorge. Heavy traffic and road works had hampered his way and he missed the van.
We did all the side trips to lookouts with views down to the road, river and out towards Ashhurst. There is now a new track down to an observation area overlooking the recent slip which closed the road for many months in 2012. Amazing that this was the largest road slip in New Zealand history. As the riverbed cuts deeper into the valley every year, so the slopes realign by eroding. That big slip will not be the last.
I’m not sure how Whatonga made it up there, but there he was, a huge sculpture made of steel greeting us about a third of the way. This was followed by the wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power Palmerston North.
We had lunch at the Bridge Café and were all home by 4.30.
Trampers: John Marshall, Ken Ross, Tony Pluymers , Robyn Smith, Gordon Tapp, Vic Bullock, Colin McNatty, John Burrell, Kelvin Shaw, Alison Greer, Wai Anderson, Keith Moretta, Colleen Pereau, Peter Slagter, Steve Woulfe, Peter Washington, Hilary Health-Caldwell (scribe)