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December 4th 2010
Published: December 5th 2010
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Friday we headed north and east towards the Coromandel Peninsula with a stop off at Maungatautari Ecological Island reserve - a mountain that has been fenced off with a predator-proof fence & extensive predator removal inside has created a virtually predator-free reserve where native birdlife such as Kaka, Hihi & Kiwis can survive & breed. The have an observation tower & up the top we met a student studying the Kakas breeding in the reserve. We had a nice long chat about the joys of ecology fieldwork whilst the birds were being elusive!

We stopped briefly in Putaruru & grabbed a couple of pies for lunch then again to go & peer at the McLaren Falls then up to Tauranga & the coast. We then headed up the coast to the Karangahake Gorge where we stayed at the Golden Owl hostel - a lovely quiet place, right up until the family with 4 small kids turned up anyway! We went for a lovely short walk along the disused railway route up the gorge then back down a kilometre long tunnel. Lots of remains of an old battery remains where they extracted gold & silver from low grade ores using potassium cyanide. Good nights sleep in spite of the kids. Looks like another good place to spend a few days.


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Predator-proof fencePredator-proof fence
Predator-proof fence

Maungatautari Ecological Island
The way in...The way in...
The way in...

Maungatautari Ecological Island
Gerald in the reserveGerald in the reserve
Gerald in the reserve

Yes, he's still with me!
Water holesWater holes
Water holes

McLaren Falls
Abandoned worksAbandoned works
Abandoned works

Karangahake Gorge
Old railway tunnelOld railway tunnel
Old railway tunnel

Karangahake Gorge
Crown battery remainsCrown battery remains
Crown battery remains

Karangahake Gorge
In its day...In its day...
In its day...

Karangahake Gorge


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