Boundary Stream and Shine Falls, Wednesday March 18, 2015
We set off from Church Road Winery with 10 on board. At Bay View, we picked up Wai who had got her times wrong and was nearly left at the starting gate. The weather was cool but fine and the forecast was good. We were still experiencing the cool southerly from the tail of Cyclone Pam.
We travelled up to the top of Pohokura Road to the start of the Boundary Stream track. Some DoC volunteers arrived at the same time. They had come to feed the kaka at the aviary. We heard many of them in the trees above us but none chose to land and feed whilst we were there.
The Shine Falls were in full flow following the recent rain and looked magnificent. Some of the growth of bush at the bottom of the falls restricted the view but did not spoil it. We climbed to just beyond halfway up the track, sat in the sun to eat lunch and then headed back down. A short detour was made to get to the top of the falls to see the view from there, but it was too overgrown to get near.On our return to the car park, we found the van covered in a few hundred bees, but a quick whizz up the road and back soon got rid of them.
The return trip was uneventful, arriving at about 5 pm after an interesting and fulfilling day for all.
Trampers: Vic Bullock, Tony Pluymers, Wai Anderson, John Burrell, John Marshall, Dorothy Sole, Paul Exeter, Colleen Perreau, Maggie Haggart, Ted Angove, and reporter Kelvin Shaw, who also took the pictures