Anthony, Chris, Pete, Kevin, Milo, Eileen, AngelaOur party of intrepid track clearers left Auckland Saturday morning with the ominous threat of storms. The weather gods were smiling on Wairere falls and we arrived to light drizzle providing some cooling for the scenic climb to the top of the falls, armed with our track clearing weaponry. On arrival at the top, fine sunny weather greeted us just in time for lunch. Onwards up the track to our 5 Star campsite where tents were pitched just in time for a short siesta while the rain came down to clear for a fine sunny day.
On the job and excellent progress was achieved with a 1 km section being cleared from our campsite up the North South track ~250m past the Upper Wairere Falls turnoff, meeting up with where we finished off earlier in the year.
The rain gods were busy overnight with thunder and lightning but as ordered it cleared to a fine sunny day in time for breakfast. After a side trip to the Upper Wairere Falls we finished our Sunday track clearing session.
This trip marks a 6-year milestone with the entire track now cleared from the Aongatete Road end (located off SH2 near Katikati), up the North South Track, then over the top of the saddle near the Southern end to the top of Wairere Falls. This epic result represents 983 hrs worked since the first Club Track Clearing Party in October 2016.
A leisurely lunch back at our campsite saw us heading back to the carpark, again timing it just right to miss the rain before making our way back to Auckland via the requisite refreshments stop in Te Aroha.
Special thanks to great work from my team: Chris (also chauffeur), Angela, Milo, Pete, Eileen and Ants