Six short walks - Saturday 27 February 2016
There were nine of us including four visitors on this pleasant relaxing day. We would start and finish from the West Bay carpark as the power boat races were on at Kerr Bay. We started on the Brunner Peninsula Walk which has a good variety of native plants and twice crosses the Alpine Fault. After 40 minutes we arrived at Kerr Bay for morning tea and watched the power boats. A good crowd and very noisy. Next it was on to the Honeydew Walk which one could probably walk in jandals. Bellbirds and tui are common in this area, and you may see robins and fantails. There are several information panels on the track too. Then it was on to the Black Valley Walk which follows the Black Valley Stream through majestic beech forest, very nice. It was noted that some trees had metal strips which are there to prevent possums from climbing them. We ended up on the main road and our only major road bash today, but hardly any cars coming and going, as everyone is watching the power boats. We walked past Rotoiti Lodge to start the Black Hill Walk which was the only major hill of the day. Near the top we found a clearing and had lunch, visitor Colin got out his cooker and started preparing pumpkin soup and handing it around.
As the group dropped towards the road there was a good view of St Arnaud Village. We looped round to join the Moraine Walk and noticed that there was predominately manuka and kanuka as we passed the back of West Bay campground. Getting as far as the Buller River on the Anglers Track all of us made it to the Buller Bridge and from there we retraced our steps to West Bay finishing around 3pm. Some brave souls had a swim but it was not over yet. A visit to Tophouse for a tour, tea and scones only for a gold coin donation to wrap up a successful day. Those on the tramp were: David Wheeler, Noelene Roberts, Pat Taylor, Lesley Johnstone, Helen Tapper and visitors Tim Horne, Kim Mundy, Ian Urquhart and Colin Bell.