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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