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Rewa Bush Trip

Rewa Bush Trip Report – Sunday 25 February 2024

Participants: Margaret, Denise, Alissa, Ian, Kim, Nathan, Julia, Pat, Hamish & Sarah

With all the hot weather we have been having, we were keeping an eye on the fire risk out at

Ngaumu and well as the weather for the week leading up to the trip. In the end, the weather was

kind and we had a bit of rain the night before to bring the fire risk down.

We left Masterton at 8am and met up with Julia & Pat from the Friends of Rewa Bush, plus their

neighbours at the entrance road where we left one vehicle.

Our first walk was an old track off Pioneer Road. There was a little bit of bush bashing in places, but

generally an easy to follow route along an old road and track. We found some old steps, bridges and

signposts as well as four named giant podocarps along the way. We continued on a short distance

to a viewing spot where we could see across the valley. After checking out this area we headed back

to the cars the same way as we came.

Next up we headed to the north-eastern entrance of the reserve where we did a loop through an

area of rewarewa - some giant mature trees as well as lots of young ones. This was a lovely spot for

morning tea. Once back up on the main route we headed down a fairly open ridge where there

were some trees marked with orange permalot which were vegetation survey plots. Some headed

back from here and the rest continued on down to see some more mature trees. The giant matai

made a good lunch spot. We turn around here and headed back up to the cars.

It was a fantastic opportunity to explore this lovely area which is not known to many. Our thanks to

Julia and Pat for all the work they do at Rewa Bush and for sharing their amazing knowledge of the

area. We are already making plans for our next trip.

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