Club Night July 2018
The Club is looking at providing a picnic table and seats at strategic points on the Herbert Forest tracks. Some track maintenance tools have been purchased.
The Podocarp track will be closed later this month for 2-3 weeks for tree felling operations. The Swallows and Hoods tracks will remain open. There will be closure and reopening notices on the NOTMC website.
The Quaiburn Saddle was changed to the Otematata and Benmore Walkways because of forecast heavy rain. A good 5-6 hour 19k walk with views of the two lake Benmore arms before drizzle arrived.
Wednesday Walkers had day trips to the Enfield Escarpment with its unique limestone rock formations, Pringles Gully gold diggings, Otematata and Benmore Walkways with half doing the Benmore Loop and the other half walking across the dam and back, and last week a 19k Kuriheka farm walk.
Coming trips are a mystery bike trip from Weston and two day walks based from Dunedin.
Guest speaker was Lewis Hore who showed a video on his Sutherland Sound kayaking trip in June last year to look for the South Island Kokako. This was his fifth trip to the area where he believes he may have heard and glimpsed the almost extinct kokako.
Sutherland Sound is a marine reserve with a narrow shallow entrance that prevents fishing boats from entering. He flew in and out by helicopter with his kayak, camping near the entrance.
Apart from a few thousand hungry sandflies it was an idyllic spot with large numbers of native birds and huge Rata and Fuschia trees. There was also a midden near a large rock shelter. He enjoyed exploring the Sound and its head-waters in his kayak during the winters settled weather.
No kokako were heard or sighted this trip but Lewis is planning another trip shortly.