A day in the Kiwi bush.Scenic New Zealand
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
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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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