Photos marked [JSutton] are by John Sutton, all the rest were taken by me.
Wednesday 11th March 2015: From Otanerito Station we head inland up the Otanerito Valley through dense kanuka forest containing not a few centuries old kahikatea towering over the kanuka (although some are dead or dying). This is now part of the Hinewai Reserve, a 1250 hectare mosaic of native forest.
Leaving Otanerito DSC_0998.jpg
Entering the forest DSC_0999.jpg
Kahikatea piercing bush DSC_1002a.jpg
Hinewai Reserve forest JSutton IMG_4561.jpg
Fantail / Piwakawaka DSC_1008a.jpg
Alan & Keith JSutton IMG_4562.jpg
One eventually leaves the ancient podocarp sprinkled Red Beech forest as it opens up to the parkland like Brocherie's Flat and a collection of miniature megaliths looking back to Stony Bay. Beyond that one passes Taraterehu (Stony Bay Peak -806m). Purple Peak Saddle is 600m above Akaroa. The "Sun Princess" cruise ship was anchored off Akaroa township. From here it is a steady but fairly steep descent along a well formed track come road.
Brocherie's Flat DSC_1013a.jpg
Taraterehu & Purple Peak DSC_1021a.jpg
Miniature megalith DSC_1022a.jpg
Tokaroa and harbour from Purple Peak Saddle DSC_1028-9a.jpg