Last time we walked up Mt. Parihaka I suggested that we do a loop walk. This would have been a couple of months ago and we hadn't got around to it for various reasons. (Some of them the same reasons that I haven't posted since February).
Anyway, yesterday morning, Doug suggested that, after walking Sophie, we do this walk. For those that know the area we parked at the Aquatic Centre and walked along Riverside Drive to Dundas Road - photo below looking towards the Town Basin.
We walked up Dundas Road to the start of the Ross Track (No photos as we were too busy chatting).
This is my favourite track up Parihaka - it starts off as a nice gentle incline.
with a small stream running alongside.
This is the entranceway to an abandoned Gold Mine dating back to 1909. This is the first time I have seen inside it as, without the flash, it is very dark.
Next is the staircase alongside a delightful waterfall. This is the staircase that Doug helped three firemen carry a walker down on a stretcher on one of the Parkinson walks.
Looking back down the staircase from the top.
One of the many kauri trees in the park
As one gets higher the vegetation changes.
The view from the summit. (I read recently that the lookout is going to be replaced in the not too distant future)
Rather a lot of photos so the descent will be posted tomorrow (hopefully)
We didn't hurry and, as you can see, I stopped to take photos. I see it took about an hour to the summit.