Jan 30 2019

Herbert Forest

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30/1/2019. Trampers. Herbert Forest. Leader: Dave.

34 keen trampers and hikers met at the carpark and organised themselves, into vehicles to head to Waianakarua’s Herbert Forest. The drive from Mosgiel is approximately 1hr 15mins to the start of the Swallows track.

The clue is in the middle 4.5 hours Total Loop! (Clive pic and caption.)

The track was damp in places, we passed through Punga ferns to a cave where we had morning tea.

Morning tea at caves. (Gordon pic and caption.)

It was then on to the Podocarp track which is known for its big native trees that weren’t milled ie. Totara, Rimu, Matai, Miro and Kahikatea. It was pleasant in the damp gully on such a hot day.
Lunch was had at the top of this track on Breakneck road.

Part of the large group at lunch. (Gordon pic and caption.)

The final track was the Hoods track which included stream crossings, waterfalls and climbing down a vertical ladder through the bush!

One more obstacle. (Gordon pic and caption.)

One of many sream crossings. (Gordon pic and caption.)

Nearly down. (Gordon pic and caption.)

The walk ended by visiting a beautifully, large landscaped garden. “The trees and plants looked good to the eye wherever you looked”.

Enjoying the beautiful garden. (Gordon pic and caption.)

The trip concluded with well deserved icecreams at Hampden.
Thanks to those who assisted on this walk.
Distance for the day: approximately 14 km. – Dave.

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