NPSNZ Field Trip: Washpen Falls – 24th August 2019
Trip Leader: James T
Trip Report: Ken MT
James ordered the perfect weather for the walk up to the falls – no wind, no frost, no rain but a clear sun shiny day. The track was a bit muddy under foot in places. It was wonderful to step out of the car & hear the bellbirds, there were so many of them but photographing them was another story even although we could see them feasting on honeydew.
Washpen Falls track had a good informative brochure with stopping points marked along the way. From the top of the track was a wide view of the Canterbury Plains & you could follow the Rakaia River to the sea. There were some amazing high cliff faces, caves & enormous lava rocks. We picked a good time to see the Falls as the area had had significant rain recently. We were surprised by how popular the Walk is judging by the people we saw & the cars in the carpark.
Lunch was enjoyed sitting in the sun outside the lodge.
Thanks to James for organising.
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