Sep 16 2009

Bull Ring, Swampy, Nicols, Pt Pineapple, Davies, ret

Published by under Trampers,Year round

No. 80 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bull Ring – Whare Flat. Swampy Year Round”
Click Dunedin’s Hills’ History for background information.
Click Swampy ridge track for background information.
Click Pineapple Track for background information.
Click Pineapple and Flagstaff walk for background information.

 

Nicols Creek circuit Maintained by Green Hut Track Group. DCC land.

 

16/9/2009. Bullring, Flagstaff Walkway, Swampy Ridge, Moon, Nicols Creek Track, New Track across to Pineapple, Pineapple, McGouns, Davies , Flagstaff Walkway Firebreak/Bullock, Bullring. Leaders: Ria, Hazel.
We walked from the Bullring across Flagstaff and Swampy Ridge until sheltering for morning tea stop some way down the upper Moon Track,
Morning tea on upper Moon.

Morning tea on upper Moon. (Ken pic). Ian and Doug. Ria and Hazel partially hidden.


then crossing to the other side of the valley.
Walking across headwaters from Moon on one side to Nicols Track on the other.

Walking across headwaters from Moon on one side to Nicols Track on the other. Doug, George.

 

Perhaps it was the thinner foliage of early spring, but none of us had remembered noticing before the huge old tree trunk just below Nicols Creek track, with growth still struggling for its old branches far above us if we craned our necks.
George making a close examination of extraordinarily large trunk which he identified as a Kahikatea.

George making a close examination of extraordinarily large trunk which he identified as a Kahikatea.

View across to the motorway from one of the few open patches on Nicols Track.

View across to the motorway from one of the few open patches on Nicols Track. Doug, George.

 

Ria and Hazel surprised us with a track leading off to the right just a little further on.
Surprising track off to the right.

Surprising track off to the right. Doug, George.

 

It took us through brief bush out into heavy grass and scrub and led almost vertically uphill diagonally back from the way we had come, and eventually, after a few hundred metres of stiff climbing, coming out onto overgrown pasture and across to join the Pineapple Track just above the point where it enters the bush.
By taking us on this novel route, our leaders avoided any road work, as we were able to descend the Pineapple track and join the McGouns track to come out at the partially vandalised stone cairn and plaque marking City Forests 100 years of forestry planting by the Dunedin City Council begun in 1906. Its surrounding seating made a good place for lunch.
Lunch at plaque

Lunch at plaque. (Ken pic). Ian, George, Doug, Ria, Hazel.

The plaque

The plaque. (Ken pic).

 

From there, a short walk along Drummonds Street connected us with Davies Track, which zigzagged up through regenerating natives to eventually continue climbing through mature bush.
Rest stop in Bush on Davies Track.

Rest stop in Bush on Davies Track. Ria, Ken, Doug.

Dunedin from Davies Track above bushline.

Dunedin from Davies Track above bushline.

 

Above the bush line, it was then through tussock and flax till we reached the Flagstaff Walkway. We decided to take the Firebreak/Old Bullock Track back to the cars. – Ian.

 

13/7/2005 Nicols, Swampy, Pineapple. Leaders: Lex, Doug J
26/7/1989. Swampy round trip from Pineapple Track carpark. Average+. Great views. Car shuttle if required. Leaders: Denise, Mary McG, Peggy M.

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