Gallery source / NZ Tramping / 06-07 Whio, Silvereye and Bush-bashing in the Ruahines  

We spent a damp, windy Queen's Birthday long weekend tramping to Leon Kinvig hut, along the tops then down through the bush to Awatere hut (not recommended!!), then back along the Makaretu river. We watched two Whio (endangered blue ducks that live in the whitewater) on the Pohangina river outside Leon Kinvig hut!
 Whio outside Leon Kinvig hut on the Pohangina river (at dusk)
 Whio (blue whitewater ducks) again
 Hil at Leon Kinvig hut
 Cool flax trees
 A silvereye in the leatherwood forest above the Pohangina
 Two silvereye
 Tramping towards Longview hut
 Soggy mossy trees
 Bush-bashing down to Awatere hut--the sporting route
 Awatere hut in the light the next morning
 The river bed route down the Makaretu
 Lunch at Makeretu hut. Thanks to the hunters who left us spaghetti hoops!

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