White Horse – Waimate 22-5-2022

Three of us left Oamaru at 8am and the day was looking good. We duly arrived in waimate and met up with our fourth tramper, and it was decided to leave a car at each end of the track. We started walking along the railway track at the Studholme Bush end near the gorge at about 9.30am, and soon the climb up the Bellbird track began. It takes you up through the bush to the tops. There we took a little detour to a waterfall, which wasn’t showing much signs of life, but there are also large totara in the area. We heard lots of bellbirds, tui and fantails on the route. As you get higher there are lovely views over Waimate out towards the coast, and in the other direction towards the Kakanui and St. Mary ranges.

We reached the newly revamped White Horse at about 11:45am. The new look outs are solidly built providing great a great viewing platform, with a colourful Maori carving and poles painted by local schools. The horse itself has been painted, and everywherethere are new plantings and pathways. Lunch was eatne i the sun then we made our way down the track ending at Point Bush Eco-sanctuary. Just before the end of the track we came across a wallaby with it’s foot trapped in the fence. It took a lot of emails and phone calls to find someone to put it out of it’s misery, and only back at the car that we found a phone number of the pest control operation. 

After a brief stop at the Maori cemetary we made our way back to the car and then through the gorge down to Glenavy, where we were rewarded with icecreams and then on home at about 3pm from a very pleasant day out.