Gibraltar Rock - Omahu Bush

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Graeme’s car carried six and Mary’s took four to the Gibraltar Rock car-park on a breezy day. The rock was a scramble for four of us as the others took an early break. Some of our group saw deer as we headed down a wide grassy track. Signs prohibit shooting or bow hunting which we found it easy to comply with. Leader, Graeme guided us into the bush reserve which has some very nice, narrow tree-lined tracks and some impressive stands of kanuka. Big podocarps are labelled. Lots of animal sign. The waterfall isn’t a gusher, but it was worth a visit, and was wet enough to cool an overheated Sharna. We had a slow lunch looking towards Otahuna then headed up-valley on a wide track to the cars. We had time to go to Coopers Knob, but knew the wind would be bothersome, so we didn’t make the effort. It was good to have representatives of three generations of the Campbell clan on the walk: Hilaire, Nessie and Sharna.

We were: Graeme Nicholas (leader) Jill Fenner, Rhonda Trounson, Mary McKeown, Hilaire Campbell, Nessie & Sharna Campbell, Dan Pryce, Helen Harkness, Kerry Moore (KM)

Our group minus Sharna who was boulder hopping and Kerry, busy on the phone (camera). Photo courtesy of Kerry Moore.