Curry Purple Peak Track – Akaroa Peninsula 4th Dec 2016

Trip Leader and Trip Report by Meg

A small but elite group consisting of myself, Katherine, Sue, Lesley and Maureen, met at Brocheries Pond to walk down the Curry Purple Peak Track to the Heritage Park. This is a new reserved gifted by the Curry Family continuing on from the Purple Peak Track. The light was good for close up photography – dull but not raining, so no bright flashes of light in the trees to contend with.

The tree fuchsia was in bloom so we were able to photograph the delicate flowers on these huge trees – quite a contrast to see. The flowers start off green then develops into a dark red and yet they can be side by side. We heard lots of birds but the only ones we saw were bellbirds, silvereyes and redpoll. We did find a feather, which we discovered (courtesy of Hugh Wilson) was the secondary wing feather of a falcon. So they’re about on the Peninsula. The native jasmine was also in full bloom so a lovely scent in places.

We arrived at the Heritage Park well after 2.00 so we were ready for our picnic lunch and a wander round. It was a relaxing day – nobody got lost – and more importantly the ‘Hinewai injury curse’ did NOT strike this time!!!

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