As we dropped off the first party at Bethell's Beach by the little one way bridge, the forecast was very thankfully for cloud cover this morning! They'll need that as it's very exposed along the cliff tops of the Te Henga Walkway, but very worth it for the very dramatic vistas along the cliffs and out across the Tasman Sea.
Big Yellow set on it's way to destination number two at Goldies Bush, where the second group disembarked and headed through the first Kauri Dieback spraying and scrubbing station. Job done, we head along the track, noticing how extremely dry the bush is, even with the towering canopy above us everything is really looking almost crispy. Also noticing that many Kauri of varying sizes from Ricker (smaller) to large through here seem to be displaying ooze, one of the signs of possible Kauri Dieback.
Moving through here the very mixed group chatting a lot, time passes very quickly and we arrive at the suspension bridge, with it's rather amusing sign about permitted numbers crossing. More track to cover, we head towards Constable Road and the other end of the track and up the steps and dipping at the boot station taking in all the lovely old trees through here.
Returning back down to the suspension bridge and where we drop down the path into the Mokoroa Stream Track. If you've never done this one, it's a pearla. And probably the easiest stream bash you'll ever do, with so many pools to take a dip or swim in and the track is an easy one.
Working our way up the stream, we find a ideal shaded spot with a pool where most park and dig into lunch. Whilst a few of us take a cooling swim before nosh time! Absolutely gorgeous and what summer tramping is perfect for.
Moving along the stream track, we eventually arrive at the head of the track and the two waterfalls, one left and one right, that surprisingly still have water running over the edge for everyone's photographic enjoyment. Plus heading up to the lookout with views over the top of the waterfalls and the gradual climb back up to the boot station and Big Yellow.
We didn't have to wait very long and half of the larger party arrive who'd missed the stream track, and the second half who'd elected to enjoy the stream, all looked happy and relaxed upon returning.
Another absolutely brilliant day out with the club, and it's amazing to think that when the stream flash floods after heavy rain, the stream wouldn't be an option, but it certainly was for us today!!! Yay!!!!