With spectacular farm and coastal views, tracks through regenerating bush remnants and relaxing and refurbished accommodation, Walk Gisborne has been developed as a sustainable eco-tourism activity on two farms that have covenants protecting lowland forest remnants.
On the 576ha Makorori Station, Richard and Robyn Busby protected a 7.3ha remnant with puriri, titoki, tawa and nikau in 1994.
On Karakaroa Farm, the original homestead block of the 1,200ha Rimunui Station, Penny and Peter Hoogerbrug protected titoki, kohekohe and kowhai in 2002 with a 0.7ha covenant.
Above: Passing through two working farms, Walk Gisborne covers a variety of terrain and conditions. With parts of track being quite challenging, walkers need a reasonable level of fitness.
‘We love the beautiful bush blocks and enjoy sharing them with others,’ says Penny. ‘The income from walkers also contributes to the sustainability of our farms.’
The walk, which starts off by following the Waimata River and Whainukota Stream, goes over open farmland and through pockets of puriri-rich bush before reaching Makorori Beach on the coast.
Left: In Busbys’ Bush which is protected by an open space covenant, the track passes through regenerating bush that includes nikau and this enormous 400-500 year old puriri tree.
Walkers can enjoy breathtaking 180 degree views over Poverty Bay to Young Nicks Head and beyond to Mahia Peninsula. Historic kumara pits and ancient mud volcanoes are unique features.
Above: Relaxing and comfortable accommodation is provided in a Girls Brigade Lodge built in the 1950s and the former Shearers’ Quarters; both fully equipped with cooking facilities, fridges and hot showers.
Left: The Shearers' Quarters has views down the valley to Poverty Bay, Young Nicks Head and the Pacific Ocean.
‘We can also provide locally prepared gourmet meals and arrange pampering massage treatments,’ adds Penny
Visit by arrangement only
Located eight kilometres from Gisborne on Riverside Road, Walk Gisborne is open from Labour Weekend until 30 April.
For more details and to book, contact:
Tel: 06 867 6114
Fax: 06 863 0549
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