Odds and Ends – Jan 2014

Relocation of DOC Kaitoke carpark

The Department of Conservation is relocating the Kaitoke entrance to the Tararua Forest Park. The current carpark, at the end of Marchant Road will be removed and new facilities installed at a new site near the entrance to Camp Kaitoke. The new car park will be clearly marked on the left hand side of Kiwi Ranch Road which is located near the end of Marchant Rd.  It will feature a toilet, information panels and a track connecting it to the Puffer Saddle track, Smiths Creek and Marchant Ridge. These facilities are being relocated to increase vehicle security and improve the visitor experience at this important access point. This work is due to be completed by April 2014. See the DoC website for this and other updates.

Seeking historic Masons Bay Photos

Ella Buckley, ecology Masters Student at Otago University, is looking for historic photos from Masons Bay Stewart Island, from around the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and of particular interest 1950. She’ll be using these photos to aid in the restoration management of the Masons bay Sand dune complex. If you’ve got photos or know where to find the, Ella would be appreciate your help: 027 3029701 or

Waipukurau Rotary Club’s Sea, Sky & Bush Walk
The Rotary Club of Waipukurau invites you to experience their popular annual Sea, Sky and Bush Walk from 1-3 March 2014. This walk begins at Pukeora Estate on the outskirts of Waipukurau where they offer accommodation. The Rotarians will lead you through open countryside to appreciate spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the soft contoured hills littered with native trees in the shadow of the Ruahine Ranges.  On beautiful Mangatarata Station there will be a visit and lunch in the grounds of the historic homestead. Other benefits include delicious, energising food, a heated pool, massage therapists and evening entertainment. You may register for one, two or the full three day walks.  Visit the website for more details: www.seaskybush.co.nz.

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