Day two on the Hollyford Track includes 15 kms hiking nicely interspersed with jetboat rides and opportunities to learn more about the history and biology of the valley.
The Demon Trail is a character forming scramble over tree trunks and huge rock falls.
I have done it once...
I know what I am missing.
Plenty of moss covered rocks.
Scrambling up tree roots, over fallen trees, up and over huge rocks...
all the while back then I was hoping that the track would improve.
This time ...
Passionate pioneers in the Hollyford Valley.
There are lots of these on the Demon trail.
I crossed these back when we walked the Demon trail...
I had been to a circus and watched how trapeze artists walked the high wire...
That helped me with technique.
I remember the sheer delight and relief when this hut came into view a few years ago.
This time we roar past in a jet boat.
Huge podocarps watch over us.
Matai, Kamahi, Miro, Totara and Rimu tower above us.
These ancient conifers are species whose origins stem back to when NZ was part of Gondwana land
Mosses, worts, ferns and podocarp seedlings coexist on this tree branch.
Tree roots abound along the track at Martins Bay...
The tide was out and many seals had gone to sea.
Some mothers and pups were lounging about in the sun.
Return to Martins Bay Lodge.
A splendid sunset
A splendid meal of blue cod.
A splendid day on the track.