Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay, September–October 2021
The Wainui Track follows the Pikikirunga Range in the interior of Abel Tasman National Park, beginning from Birds Clearing at the end of Bird Road, and climbing through forest past Wainui Hut to Wainui Saddle and Canaan Downs. Thanks to a keen group of willing local bushwhackers, funded by a Kaimahi for Nature grant, the Wainui Track got the ‘proverbial short back and sides’ recently, as the team reported:
‘The four- yearly scrub-cut and wind-fall clean-up was successfully ompleted in five days, over a two week period. The all-star Golden Bay team of Nick Cradock, Brian Alder and Rod Barker did the deed in a typically erratic spell of spring weather.
‘The first day was moderately wet, and reinforced the conclusion that working remotely in heavy and prolonged rain was not sustainable. Hence we picked off the work as good weather allowed over the next two weeks, which ended up being very efficient and effective’
‘Huge thanks to the local DOC team in Takaka, who provided vital chainsaw skills, an induction/training skills session, and generally helped make things run smoothly.’
‘Looking ahead to future projects, (including the proposed Anatoki Track work of nine days duration) the team felt that such work could be split into four-day trips to maximise the use of fine weather breaks. This will not only make logistics much easier but also allow more efficient use of human power (the machinery is not great to operate in heavy rain), a good base for recovering each night, and avoid paying for downtime sitting out storms.’