Tavora Reserve & Puketapu Hill

5th July 2020

On a cool morning, six trampers travelled to the Tavora Reserve near Palmerston for an easy stroll out to the coast at Bobby’s Head.  Racing against the incoming tide, we made our way South along the beach to breath in the sea air and view the various sculptures in the mudstone cliffs.  After retreating and finding a log to sit on to have morning tea we were joined by Rodney and Helen from Dunedin.

A climb up and away from the beach took us through native plantings and out into the open where we had views of the coastline to the North and South.  With a short walk along the road, we arrived back at the cars at 11.30am and then drove to Palmerston.

After parking at the lookout carpark, we set off to climb Puketapu Hill.  Some took the steep direct route up to the top while others found a more gentler path.  By climbing the stairs and ladders inside the monument we had some great views of the surrounding landscape.  On the sheltered side we consumed lunch and then proceeded back to the cars by circling down by a more gentle slope.  It was then back to Palmerston for us all for the compulsory ice cream stop.  Having dodged the rain, we arrived home mid afternoon.