Paraparumu Scenic Reserve to Maungatuktuku Valley Road MF
27th July 2016
The trip started from the Paraparaumu Scenic Reserve car park on Maui Pomare Road and followed trap lines up to open pasture and on to Papakirae Trig. The route from here was new to all party members. The intention had been to follow a spur over pt 316 down to the river, but a well marked trap line offered a clear route down a small stream bed until just above the Maungakotukutuku River. At this point the stream plunged over a waterfall into the river, but with a shortish sidle we were soon down to the river. A short distance upstream we crossed the river and mounted a spur separating an old pine plantation from native vegetation. It was good travel up the open spur, but once onto an old logging road the regenerated scrub made going slow with the road running out, which then involved a bit of off track to reach the planned route along an old logging road that heads south west just below the crest of the ridge.
On reaching this road there was a sunny clearing, ideal spot for lunch. The aerial photo of this area shows a distinct roadway just off the top of the ridge. It was distinct, but full of wet toetoe. This is where the leader's penance kicked in, involving him leading for several kilometres through thick wet toetoe.
Once out onto a recent pine plantation logging road it was a straightforward climb to pt 496. The intended route was south over pt 512 and out by the old game park track, but having missed the turn off we carried on down to the bridge and along Maungakotukutuku Road to our shuttle car.
- Party members
- Robin Chesterfield (leader and scribe), Alan Holden, Peggy Munn, David Ogilvie, John Thompson, Bob Stephens and Bill Wheeler.