Manawatu Gorge Walk By Sandra
With the Manawatu Gorge road being closed, and the Bridge cafe not being open, our normal plan to walk west to east was changed to ease car movements.
Car logistics were sorted by Nigel and we were off to our prospective start points – a great view of Mt Ruapehu and the windmills in the cloud from the saddle road for those starting in Ashurst.
Group 1-Nigel, Flo, Laura and Mike started from the Woodville side with an extra half an hour detour around a track slip they found. Group 2 -Thea, Stan and Sandra met Jason at the Ashurst side, encountering lots of other day-walkers at this end of the track.
An interesting walk with plenty of viewpoints to windmills, the quiet road, waterfalls and the mighty river. The bush was vibrant green and shiny with recent rain, a few birds singing and plenty of fungi to look at (including a photographer at the side of the track with fluro-orange fungi shots).
The two groups met for lunch at the 5km mark with picnic table and windmill view.
The walk continued after lunch with both groups on a down-hill slope to road ends. The car swap and group meet-up with hot chocolates was completed at the Tui HQ Brewery