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Otanewainuku, Tauranga.       6 September 2020

Three vans and their drivers, were waiting, in readiness for the drive to Otanewainuku. Because of the Corona Virus, the trampers were required to wear masks and the seating was arranged with social distancing, so there were less people in each van

On arrival, the G2s set off as soon as possible, as they had further to walk and planned to have morning tea on the way, I understand that the G2s set off at a brisk pace, stopped for a quick morning tea and headed up hill, on the loop track, to the Otawa lookout. Then they went downhill back to the starting point, crossed the road and walked to the Whataroa Falls. They returned about 5 or 10 minutes after the G1s.

The G1s had more time, so were able to sit at a convenient picnic table and eat a leisurly morning tea before beginning the walk.They then set off at a manageable pace, mostly uphill, through lovely bush, to the Otawa look out; it was a fairly cold day which made for pleasant walking. Some trampers climbed to the lookout, hoping for a view, but it was too cloudy to see much.The group then headed down and returned to our picnic table, to enjoy our lunch. Afterwards, we crossed the road and did the Nature Loop Track which was easy walking and very worth while. The highlights of the day were seeing a couple of friendly robins and viewing some splendid large, old Rimus and other native trees.

When every one was back at the vans, we drove to the Oropi Hot Pools; where some enjoyed the warm water and others a coffee, or an ice cream. Then we headed for home. A very enjoyable day.

Thanks to the six drivers, the leaders and all who participated in the days' activities.


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