The bus take the group to Rangiwahia about 70kms north of Palmerston North to walk around reserves in the area.
The first walk goes around the lake that forms the Manguhuia Wetlands, Bourke’s Dam off West Manguhuia Road. This lake is well populated with black and white swans and surprisingly extensive.
A guide will relate the surprising story of how the lake had been a potato field until it was excavated and the dam built on the stream that formed the lake.
The next walk is the Pinetum or pine tree collection off Renfrew Road. The walks goes around this extensive collection and could be a good stop for morning tea.
Next is a tramp into the Rangiwahia Scenic Reserve. The reserve has a wide variety of plants and trees and is known for the size and variety of the numerous large specimen trees.
Here it can be steep and muddy in places along the tramping tracks.
Next is a 40 minute tramp on the circuit of the Kaikawaka Scenic Reserve, notable for the numbers of native fushia.
The group will end up for afternoon tea at the Rangiwahia Environment Arts Centre (the old dairy factory). Here you may see some of their creations at the time and hear about their work. The bus departs back to Palmerston North.
Please ensure that you wear appropriate walking footwear, and bring warm clothing, lunch and perhaps a snack bar and drink.
Date: Sunday 11th March 2018
Depart: Bus departs Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North at 8am and arrives back around 4.30pm.
Distance: 7 – 8 kilometres
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
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