Bell Rock and Shine Falls, Saturday 17 November 2018
Four of us – Doug, Pauline, Abby and Chaitanya – went into the Boundary Stream area for a day trip. We first headed up Pohokura Road past the top entrance of Boundary Stream to the car park for the Bell Rock walk.
After 30 minutes or so walking through some rather nice bush, we came out on to the Maungahururu range above the Mohaka River valley. After another half hour, we reached Bell Rock. It being a clear day, we could see Ruapehu away to the South-west. Although quite calm in the bush and the eastern side of the range, once we went over to the western side it was very windy. After a quick bite to eat in a sheltered spot, we walked North along the range then back down Pohokura Road to the car, completing the loop.
Then it was off to the Pan Pac Lake Opouahi kiwi sanctuary for lunch in the shelter there.We did a quick inspection of the repair job on the erosion that had occurred at the lake outfall. This is where a temporary fix was done on the day our work party was there. We then made our way down to Heays Access Road to the eastern entrance to the Boundary Stream reserve, for the 40-minute walk up to Shine Falls. It was fine and warm, so the car park was full and there were several other groups on the track and at the falls. Abby cleverly managed to take a selfie with the falls and a rainbow in-shot. We arrived back in Napier at 4.30.
Trampers: Pauline, Abby, Chaitanya and reporter Doug