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Banks Peninsula Day 5

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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

See "Mid Canterbury day trips"

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