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Written by Wade Doak, Wade T Doak's Blog   
Friday, 17 September 2010

Whakairiora Mountain across Ngunguru River

Part 1

Jan and I never dreamt we could reach so easily the four hundred and seven foot summit of the coastal mountain we had looked at from across the Ngunguru River for thirty years. It always looked so steep and imposing. Now we have been there it is easy to see that there are interesting valleys with dense bush but from a distance we could never have imagined that glorious crater-like valley where we had lunch with our neighbour Reggie today. Sitting on the roots of a handsome Hall’s totara, surrounded by mighty puriri, kahikatea, rimu, totara, kohekohe, taraire, kowhai and nikau palms.

We had driven out to the end of Ford road and parked on the edge of a cul de sac roundabout. We’d scrambled up a clay bank into regenerating manuka and Gahnia grasses and to our delight readily found a marked track maintained by cattle and possum hunters that led up an easy slope until we were in a well regenerated forest of mamangi coprosma trees with lots of lancewoods, kanuka and young totara. A lovely piece of open woodland.

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