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Pirongia 6 June 2021

Wilson Clearing/Bell Track – G2

Two vans of Wanderers, down in numbers due to the inclement weather, set off to the Limeworks Loop Road and the Kaniwaniwha Reserve Carpark.  Leaving the G1’s, eight of us G2’s headed off walking beside the Kaniwaniwha Stream on the Nikau Track.  After crossing a bridge, we turned off into the bush crossing the Blue Bill Stream to climb up very steeply.  It was a bit tricky because the satellite coverage on Grant’s phone app was fading out often, plus finding the tape and ribbons wasn’t easy.  We had to do a bit of bush bashing to find the track. 

Carrying on up we came across a clearing, and then walked out towards the paddocks with bush on one side and a good view looking out over the farms.  Heading on down through the bush we eventually came to Wilsons Clearing where we had lunch.  It rained a bit in the afternoon, which made the track slippery and more difficult underfoot.  Coming out on to the Bell Track was easier because it was well marked.  We had to be more careful because it was mostly downhill which made slower progress down towards the swing bridge.

A few of us went to look at the tall kahikatea, then it was onwards to the cave.  Five of us took our packs off and entered.  It was narrow in places and wet underfoot but we all got through, climbing up a ladder to get out at the other end.  We then made our way back along the track and returned to the van.

No ice creams on the way back – just straight home due to the miserable weather.

Thanks to the drivers Carol and Grant and Grand for the interesting tramp. 


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