Short walks aplentyrotoiti walks 2020 08 30

Lake Rotoiti Walks – Sunday 30 August 2020


On a fine but very windy day 16 trampers met at the Gladstone Road carpark. The numbers rose to 17 as Marie decided that our trip was better than the Nelson Tramping Club trip to Beebys Knob who were gathering at the same time, so she defected to our trip.

We drove to Kerr Bay and set off on the Peninsula Nature Walk. It’s a very nice track with excellent views over Lake Rotoiti in places and although sheltered, experienced contrasting winds as it rounded the peninsula into West Bay. From West Bay we climbed up the easy track and had our morning tea on the newly constructed outdoor deck at Rotoiti Lodge. There were great views over West Bay to Mt Robert from this extensive deck.

We carried on up to the top of Black Hill and down the steep northern face and crossed State Highway 63 to the ice skating ponds which were ice free. We then followed the Duck Pond Loop MTB Track turning off to climb up Big Bush MTB Trail. This track climbs quite steeply through very dense bush. We were conscious that this was a mountain bike track and we had obligations to give way to the bikes, but we did not come across any. At a high point on the track we came to a clearing that was a suitable lunch spot, however with very little view. The vegetation on Big Bush is very dense. From then on we took the Rocky Horror Track then got quite confused with the number of Duck Pond bike tracks eventually arriving at the Buller Bridge on State Highway 63 and then walked the Anglers Walk where we were suddenly joined by Rob and David W. So our party started with 16 and suddenly became 19. We went via the Moraine Walk then via Rotoiti Lodge back to Kerr Bay. A journey of 18km taking about six hours in total.

Participants: Julian, (scribe), Di, Karen, Maria, Jo, Chris, Miang, Donell, Sue J, Terri, Lesley G, Robyn, Marie, David W, Rob and visitors Kathie, Hini, Kiko and Ian H.