Lake Lyndon Base Camp 20-22 May 2016

The intrepid team set off for Lake Lyndon Lodge, in rain and despite weather reports of rain, rain, and more rain!  The advance party set-to to make the place home, with Margaret as chief coal-range stoker and Colin as potbelly stoker when we arrived.  It was good to have lots of space to ourselves and heaps of beds to choose from.

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Pigeon Bay Walkway—Sunday 15 May 2016

It didn't seem very wintry when I rang the farmer for permission to cross his land to go to Nikau Palm Gully but the answer-phone announced that tracks are closed for winter. Six of us drove to the alternative--Pigeon Bay on a fairly grey, cool Sunday.

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Broken River Avoca – Sunday 17th April 2016

Five of us turned up at Church Corner and although the leader was unable to join us on the day, we set off with a map and enthusiasm. We stayed true to the original plans, parking by the old Avoca railway halt and then walking up to and along the incline to the remains of the mining machinery. As we pottered around and had our first early lunch we spotted a cavalcade of 4WD vehicles away in the distance. We were to see them again!

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Thirteen Mile Bush—10 April 2016

Eight keen trampers met at Church Corner to travel to BenMore Station, not far from Springfield. There was no problem finding the well signposted car-park and we were soon walking on a farm vehicle track in pasture-land dotted with gorse. A few km in, the beech forest starts with a few minor crossings of 13 Mile Bush Stream.

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Broken River Hut 16-17 April 2016

Flock Hill’s manager, couldn’t be contacted for permission to take the Winding Creek route to Broken River Hut but four of us set out for the area anyway. We dropped in to the Flock Hill HQ and asked directly but that met with a firm NO. Plan B was to drive almost to Cass and take the Craigieburn Road with its many rail crossings and fourteen gates to a car park just short of Avoca Homestead. DoC has lovingly restored this house built in 1906 and it’s now a unique hut. See the video describing it and surrounds at:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/meet-the-locals/null/series-s2007-episode-series-1-episode-43

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