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... up close. We ended the hike with a visit to a rare giant Kahikatea (white pine) tree that was over 200 years old. Most of the other Kahikatea trees had been felled years ago by loggers. This tree can be thankful it grows in a protected sanctuary.
After our hour long stop at Buller Gorge and a quick lunch, we were back in the car and on the road to Marahau to check in to our hostel and drop off our bags before driving over the treacherous ...
... panoramic views on to the ridge line. There was a bit of scrambling, and not very many people. But eventually over the dramatic landscape of crags small lakes and mountains I arrived at lake Angelus. An amazingly blue lake and a perfect space for a post hike swim- still quite cold- but a breathtaking spot nonetheless.
As I headed back down the slopes I slipped on shale and ...
... lunch in Tapawaera in the delightful Country Cafe. It sold gifts etc too including yes- Golliwogs! We were making good time so we went to a desolate area around Lake Rotoroa (as opposed to Rotorua). There was a freedom campsite which wasn't very spectacular so we retraced route back to Murchison. We checked out 2 campsites but opted for this one called Kiwi Park. Quite small and rural with not many people here but everyone is talking to each other like ...
... campsite. It
turns out that Harwoods Hole is actually the biggest vertical shaft in New
Zealand at 176 metres deep. Naturally we took off in the morning on the 45
minute tramp through the forest to take a look.
On the way we came across another signpost to a look-out
point, so took a detour to this to see what it was! After about 10 minutes of
arduous uphill scrambling we came to the end of the path, assuming the lookout
was over ...
... come back looking for us, and we followed them back to the clearing and very welcome site of the hut. Total time taken for me had been 6 hours. Upon reading the hut book, I found this was not too bad a time as times of 7 and 8 hours had been recorded.
Sunday morning saw us up nice and early to a sunny day. We packed up and while Mike, Dion & Wade headed up to the tops for a quick look, Andy & I got a head start back down the track. The ...