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L-R: Peter Nixon, David Campbell, Nigel Hubbard, Lois Kruger,
Barb Ogilvie, Hadley Bond, Marg Jensen, Julia Fraser,
Helen McNeil, Euan Macpherson, Bob Stephens, Tony Vial,
Alan Benge, Margaret Vial, Anne Bond. Photo: Alan Benge
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On the Butterfly Creek track during a previous trip

This article was first published in the Tararua Tramper Volume 93, no 10 November 2021

Butterfly Creek Wander E

Wednesday 29 September 2021

The spring weather was gratifyingly sunny as fifteen keen members showed up at Eastbourne's bus barns. It was a perfect day for an easy Butterfly Creek wander.

We set off at a relaxed pace, climbing the Korohiwa Bay track near the bus barns. En route, we had some fantastic views of the harbour, with ferries arriving.

At the ridge-top, our group strolled through shady native bush to reach the Kowhai Track junction.

An easy descent followed to Butterfly Creek. We enjoyed a convivial lunch at the picnic tables. Tui sang in the forest canopy as we sat in the sun.

After eating, we retraced our steps and turned off at the McKenzie Track junction. En route, mysterious droppings were noted on the trail. These belonged to the elusive Butterfly Creek bull, a farm escapee who was holidaying at that time in the area.

A delightful walk followed along the McKenzie Track beside a burbling Butterfly Creek. Soon, our TTC troupe reached the lookout atop the ridge after a short climb.

A cheerful group photo was taken.

We returned down the Kaeaea Track to Eastbourne, being careful not to slip on gravel patches. A very pleasant day's tramp to celebrate spring after weeks of lockdown.

On the Butterfly Creek track during a previous trip

Party members
Alan Benge (leader and scribe).

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