THE RUTHERFORD PROBUS GOLDEN BAY TRIP — 11th to THE 14th MARCH.
The planning for the trip is falling into place well (2 full days & 2 half days, we are trying to squeeze
in as much as opportune). We have 3 visits to private properties with respective speakers organised. Bob Butts at the Old Tarakohe cement works & surrounds. Joyce /Jock Wyllie at Kaihoka farm. Gerard Hindmarsh at his home & surrounds. All speakers will be of relatively short duration.
All accommodation is in place with both motels ,with up to 10 staying privately. REMINDER
to anyone who hasn’t yet booked but have put their names down.
11 th FEBRUARY IS THE CUT OFF DATE FOR CANCELLATIONS, A CANCELLATION FEE APPLIES AFTER THAT DATE, ONE NIGHT’S CHARGE APPLIES .
Weather is our ruler. Day 2 & day 3 are interchangeable . We will pick the best day to go down the west coast .This will be a big day with 2 visits ( Kaihoka Farm & Gerard Hindmarsh )
plus about 150 to 170 k to travel , with so much to see.
Day 1. 11th. March. Leave to meet at the WOOLSHED CAFE, on the CANAAN ROAD
turn off, up on the Takaka Hill ,from 10 am onwards. ( It is 23 K from the Clock Tower In
Motueka. ) Jessica is putting on xtra staff to help. Proceed onto Takaka for lunch etc. Arrive down at the TARAKOHE old Cement
works by 1 pm. This visit could take up to 1 hr plus. Return to motels for booking in. Room gathering
for drinks at one of the motels with a dinner afterwards at either the Dangerous Kitchen Cafe, or the Wholemeal Cafe. Both cafes can cope
with our numbers (or alternatively own arrangements).
Day. 2. 12 th March.(Subject to weather.)
For this day
we strongly recommend that we car share to the maximum. The fewer cars the quicker & easier to travel. We
also need our picnic chairs ,tables , tea / coffee & lunch etc.
Leave at 9am for the trip down the west coast to be at the Wyllie’s Kaihoka farm Woolshed by 10 am. Joyce / Jock will give a talk about the Farm,
remote living etc. We won’t see the lakes as too many cars & narrow road.
from Kaihoka on down round the West Whanganui inlet, Rakopi, Mangarakau swamp ,Paturau. If weather is good & time permits, on
down to Anatori. ( Lunch either Paturau or Anatori.) On the return journey, we call into Gerard Hindmarsh’s property for a talk & walk round his interesting place ,about 4-30 ish. Proceed
onto the Mussel inn for drinks & evening meal for those who choose. We are hoping Gerard & his wife will join us as guests at the Mussel Inn.
Day 3 .March 13th. (Easier day !!! . Going East .) Again
take food , tea, coffee , picnic gear etc. Leave motels round 9am. Proceed to the Grove Rocks scenic reserve at Clifton.
After , proceed up to Birds Clearing for lunch picnic.
After lunch, down to Wainui Bay. Three
options. 1. The Wainui falls bush walk . One and a half hrs return. 2.
Taupo beach walk. “. “. “. “. “. “ 3. Continue on past Wainui Bay & over to Totaranui. Return
to motels for rest, shopping etc. Later , group drinks at one of the motels with a cafe meal to follow.
Day 4. 14
th March. Last day. Returning home. Morning options. 1.
Short 1 hour drive up Rameka creek road, all vehicle road, Narrow in places. 2. Visit the salmon farm. 3. Pu
Pu Springs with short bush walk . Each option is about 1 hour. Perhaps, consider doing 1 or two before heading
is the basic plan at this stage, subject to changes.