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.
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.
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.
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.
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