Tramp Whatipu 2009

Having not been to Whatipu in in quite a number of years it was time to return. Starting at Whatipu we took Gibbon’s track straight up onto the cliff top and from here we headed North admiring the wild west coast below. On the exposed ridge the track was quite muddy so definitely not one for your best Nike sneakers.

Looking down at Whatipu from Gibbon's Track

Before long we started dropping into the Parahaha Valley with its lush Nikau Palms and Kereru (Wood Pigeons) just hanging about. Cold wind was funnelling up the valley so used the shelter to prepare our lunch before continuing.

A Keru/Wood Pigeon

The Parahaha stream was higher than usual so we needed to get our feet wet and wade through the murky waters. Once on the other side of the river it was easy walking to get out onto the sand dunes and through the swamp. We then turned South to head back to Whatipu via the sand dunes.

Renate crosses the Parahaha Stream

I love this area with wind blown sand, small lakes and swampy areas. Popping in and out of the dunes not quiet knowing what you will find. Wind and water constantly changes the landscape.Lagoon's at Whatipu
Looking North from Parahaha Valley

Lagoon's at Whatipu

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