Whitehorse Waimate and Beyond

15 December 2019

This trip was meant to be up Mt Kyeburn, but once again the weather would have been chasing us if we had gone there.

So there still were four of us that wanted to stretch our legs & get out for the day before the Christmas rush. I decided that we would go and do the walkways around the Whitehorse in the Waimate area & the weather was meant to be better near the coast. We all piled into Mike’s electric car, so no carbon used on this trip & headed for the car park on the Hakataramea highway.

On arriving at the car park we thought we were in a tourist town because the car park was full & we just had enough room for our car. There were about 20 people in the car park & we later found out they were from Forest & Bird & were doing a bird count in the area before they get a trapping programme up & running.

We started off along the railway track walkway for about 2km & then it was a short climb up with good views to meet the waterfall track. It was here we spotted our one and only Wallaby for the day. The waterfall track is a wee side track that takes you down to a bushy area and a waterfall, which was dry and I got a hard time for it being dry, so it was then back up to the main track for a morning tea break.

We then headed along the Bellbird track & then on to the Whitehorse link track & arrived at the Whitehorse monument for lunch. The skies were clear & we got some good views to the North, South & along the Coast & of course Waimate & It was very pleasant sitting in the sun having lunch.

After lunch we had a look around the monument before heading down the main track through the bush beside the bike tracks to eventually come out on to Point Bush Rd. It was then down the road to the river bridge & down the Garlands track beside the river to meet Mt John Rd. We went down Mt John Rd to Hodges Rd, back out to the Hakataramea highway where the southerly blew up and the weather changed, but we were back at the car park just in time, about 3pm. All up it was about 13km, about 4km of that was on the road.

I would like to thank John, Bron & Mike for their pleasant company for the day.

Neville