A day in the Kiwi bush.Scenic New Zealand

New Zealand Bush 2011
New Zealand Bush 2011

SPEND A DAY IN THE KIWI BUSH

I am lucky.I live in the Beautiful country with so much natural beauty.My two favourite places.The sea and the bush.I have just spent 3 perfect days in the Coromandel Bush(North Island, east coast) and if you manage to come to New Zealand then pack your tramping boots and prepare for natures live stage.

For extreme bush walks you do need to have some degree of fitness.However there are some easy walking tracks that will take you for 1, 2 or 3 hour walks in this case comfortable walking shoes will do.Just make sure you don't mind them getting dirty or wet.I actually wore my gumboots because I was told that I would be crossing a lot of streams and over slippery rocks .Because one of my boots had a hole in it I ended up with wet socks.Not such a good idea if you are to spend a long time in the bush.Good waterproof tramping boots are really your best option.

We were not following walking tracks. With a good guide we totally went bush.Working our way through the thick carpet of fallen leaves and carefully navigating over rotting stumps and the thick strings of the supplejack tree which swing with no order from the roof of the green canopy to the floor of the bush and were constantly tripping us up.Making our way through the thick canvas of Punga ferns, nikau, rimu,matai cabbage tree and flax,down to the rocky stream with refreshing sounds of cool mountain water bubbling its way past the pebbled embankment.A wonderful place to refresh and reflect with the sounds of the bush and the stream enchanting and relaxing.

As you sit quietly on a boulder you soak in the sounds of running water, the scent of damp and decaying leaves and bark,and the sounds as the bush birds navigate throughout the green canvas of the lush New Zealand bush.

New Zealand Ferns 2011

Fern trees spring up throughout the NZ bush and the sun dances light through the lacy leaves making the bush an enchanting place.
Fern trees spring up throughout the NZ bush and the sun dances light through the lacy leaves making the bush an enchanting place.
Tree fern
Tree fern
Punga
Punga

Trampers trail

We followed the stream for some time crossing from side to side when the going became too tough.Looking for the easy trail and stopping on the way for light refreshments and to take more photo's ,Then after sometime we could hear the waters tempo increasing.We came out from the light starved track to an sun filtered opening and found a visual delight displayed ahead.The water took on a new form of power and beauty as we looked down on a waterfall with a natural swimming hole bordered by moss covered boulders and ferns..After removing our footwear and dipping our toes finding the water was like ice.Only one of our tramping party was brave enough to swim.Our hardy guide.

Waterfall Coromandel 2011

TO SUM UP THE DAY

The journey home seemed shorter and easy going as we came upon a road track and enjoyed and easy walk while we bathed in the sounds of the bush The wonderful fluttering sound of the Wood peogeons delighted us from time to time as they swooped down to check on us. and we enjoyed the tunes of the Tui birds as they played amoungst the flax plant.All and all a great day filled with wonderful sights and sounds. and we looked forward to a relaxing evening.

A scenic day gallery photos.

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Nikau PalmNikau palm with Tree fern.Flax in flower. a favourite food source for many birds.Ground fern.Typical bush sceneA visual feast down every trail.Ferns and moss covered rocks frame the clear crystal waters.Nature carves it's art.
Nikau Palm
Nikau Palm
Nikau palm with Tree fern.
Nikau palm with Tree fern.
Flax in flower. a favourite food source for many birds.
Flax in flower. a favourite food source for many birds.
Ground fern.
Ground fern.
Typical bush scene
Typical bush scene
A visual feast down every trail.
A visual feast down every trail.
Ferns and moss covered rocks frame the clear crystal waters.
Ferns and moss covered rocks frame the clear crystal waters.
Nature carves it's art.
Nature carves it's art.

THE NEW ZEALAND BUSH

You will find tons of Bush walks available for all levels of fitness.You do need to be prepared.

Check out the great New Zealand walks with conservation details and parks here.

GOOD TIPS TO STAY SAFE.

Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.

Take a cell phone, water, warm clothes ,waterproof Jacket and boots.Food to recharge.

Stay on the track.The bush is a dangerous place if you get lost.It can be wet and cold.It is not a good place to be if you are not well prepared.

Wear bright clothing so if you do get lost you will be easy to spot.

ANIMALS- Apart from wild boar or the odd mountain goat we do not have wild animals that are dangerous.No snakes, no dangerous spiders.The kiwi bush is really very safe.Getting lost would be your biggist danger.The walking tracks are well marked.

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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting hub on bush walking in New Zealand. I went to the Coromandel in the winter of 2007, but we had to leave fairly rapidly as a hurricane was forecast, which did cause a lot of damage when it arrived


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cangetthere 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi CMHypno,Thanks for commenting on my hub.The coromandel can capture lots of rain fall and the odd storm.Because of the steep windy roads and low roads by the coast there is at times floods and slips.It is a very popular tourist area because of the bush and beautiful beaches.I hope you managed to see some of the scenery while you were there.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this sounds beautiful, I love the words that you used to explain each place, it certainly brought it all to life, I would love to visit New Zealand, never fancied Australia because of all the nasty creepy things! lol but seriously, I often watch wildlife programmes from New Zealand, in fact I was watching Lion Man earlier today, he is great, thanks for the great tour, cheers nell


cangetthere 5 years ago

Thanks for the comment I tried to describe the bush exactly how it was.I hope you come to NZ one day you would love the scenery. I have been to the Lion Park and I met the Lion man.I have tons of photos maybe a future hub in that.Thanks again.cangetthere.


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Inspiration88 5 years ago from this Galaxy

I enjoy hiking on trails in woods and mountains too! It is a completely different world, away from urban environments. Makes me feel so good, inspires me and calms my mind. I often get poetic on the trails too :)


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

No spiders and snakes!!! Love that. No Crocs? The photos are spectacular. I saw what looked like a face on one of the rocks in #6.

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