Southern Ruahine Crossover, Ruahine FP
Wednesday October 14, 2015.
As we headed south towards Dannevirke, the clouds started to gather around the foothills and the usual comments about the town’s dismal climate were expressed. By the time we reached the Manawatu Gorge, options to walk the Gorge track were raised, but the consensus was to carry on to Opawe.
After close encounters with magpies, white ducks and a pigeon, the humans reached their destination intact – but a hare did not, when Alison took the van round for us.
Off over the farmland we went, trying to avoid the mud and up the bush line to where the Opawe hut used to sit. Up we continued, with lungs and legs complaining and only occasional glimpses of the Manawatu, and by the time we reached Maharohara (1069m, said the sign), we were in a little world of our own.
Trampers: Dorothy Sole, Barrie Ridler, Doug Mathieson, Peter Slagter, John Marshall, John Burrell, Rachel Cowie, Ted Angove, Alison Greer and reporter Robyn Smith