Track Grade: Tramping Track
Duration of Event: 5.5 – 6 hours

Here is a fantastic opportunity to venture into the Ruahine Ranges to the headwaters of the picturesque Oroua River and see the habitat of the whio (blue duck) and perhaps the birds themselves. We will be hosted by Janet Wilson, Project Coordinator of the Oroua Blue Duck Protection Trust who will outline the history, funding, extent and success of the programme so far. She will also show us the types of traps used and how they operate.

From the Oroua we will climb a short distance to Heritage Lodge for lunch, and then venture up Tunipo Track, initially through mixed beech podocarp forest, then horopito and mountain cedar, and possibly as far as alpine scrub and tussock before returning.  Bird life will include fantail and waxeye for sure, with the possibility of tui, bellbird and woodpidgeon, and maybe whitehead.

The tramp in is initially relatively easy along an old logging road but the track down to the Oroua River is steep in places, as is the pathway to Tunipo so a reasonable level of fitness is needed, and good outdoor clothing and footwear.

Please ensure that you wear appropriate walking footwear, and bring warm clothing, lunch and perhaps a snack bar and drink.

Date:             Sunday 3rd March 2019

Depart:         Bus departs Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North at 8am and arrives back around 4.30pm.

The bus will stop at the Feilding I-Site at the Feilding Railway Station, Feilding to pick up and  Feilding walkers at 8.20am. Please send an email to with your name, phone number and walk, if you wish to be picked up there, after you have made your booking.

Distance:  7 – 8 kilometres

Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Cost: $39.00

Limited to 20 people, book now to avoid disappointment. 

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