From the top of the ridge, you look out over the hilly sheep and cattle farming country. You can enjoy a relaxing walk around the farmland, along the lake edge, maybe try your luck at trout fishing.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
When you get off the busy highway, just follow the dirt road to the very end. There might be one gate to open to gain access to the camp grounds
Walk into the camp ground keeping to the left. Follow the fence for 80m till you reach the gate. There is a small drain running along the fence line you might have to cross this drain to reach the fence.
Tramp through the gate and up the gully, along the farm track. You should see the marker post with orange painted tops. The climb to the top is just steep enough to work up a slight sweat, or what I have been told, is a glow. Not sweat. 15 minutes up the walk is a shelter where you can sit and enjoy the views of the lake and surrounding hills.
20 minutes from the shelter is your next turnoff. Turn right on to Pera’s track and Lake Waikopiro.All you do now is follow the ridge to the look out.
30 Minutes from the turnoff the views are breathtaking. Just keep away from the cliff face, its a long painful tumble to the bottom. Climb, jump, crawl over the style. The marker posts are spread out a little too far. Side step the rabbits, and work your way down hill to the dam, this is about a 15 minute walk.
From the dam, look ahead and down the valley, you should see the dirt farm track snaking its way down to the lake. This track can get quite cut up by the cattle in the winter time, so expect to get your boots covered in mud. In all it is an easy track to follow down to the lake. The marker posts will show you the way. One thing you must watch out for is the Aberdeen angus cattle. In kiwi slang Blackpolls. The Blackpolls are hill country cattle; hence they can be a little wild and rush out of the scrub as you walk past and frighten the living daylights out of you!
When you arrive at the lake, turn right and follow the gravel road around the lake edge to the main gravel road you drove in on. Turn right and walk 900m back to the car.
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