Saturday, November 26, 2005
Jeff and Nathan using a GPS to try and find positions on Old Forest, such as the boundary pegs, there are 9 of them. It is difficult to get an accurate GPS reading as the tree cover is so thick. The surveyors plans give very accurate GPS positions though because of the aerial system they use.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Jeff and Nathan transplanting very young nikau that were growing where the driveway up into Old Forest is planned to go. Not sure if they will survive the transplant but it is worth trying as they would be cleared when the road is formed. If nikau are very small they have a reasonable chance of surviving but once they get bigger than around 18 inches high the root system change and it is almost impossible to successfully move them we have been told.
Burke Creek ford which is just past the Mokihinui Preserve. This will remain as a ford. Mokihinui Road becomes very narrow at this point and is really only a 4WD road. It crosses another ford and after that it is just a tramping track up through the Mokihinui Gorge. It's an 8 hour tramp to a hut.
An exceptional property offering a homesite with world class views.
We've been dreading writing this description, because we hate to part with this noble piece of earth. But life moves on, so here goes.
Murphy's Creek crosses the far point of the property, to which, by the way, there is an alternative legal (but logistically problematic) access. For a bit of magic, creek hike or fish this stream … and please take us with you. On the way, you can cross your 530 metre boundary with Department of Conservation estate.
Above Murphy's, back toward the rest of the Mokihinui Preserve, the section is home to a high flat expanse of mature rimu trees. It's a park-like treasure, pure and simple. We encourage the fortunate new owner of Section Eight to consider placing this area into a QEII Covenant; it certainly deserves the honour.
From up on the plateau, one encounters a small, deep canyon. Very odd, and beautiful, with a small waterfall ("Lost World" stuff). Who knows what else awaits discovery?
Heading back toward "civilisation" there's a sharp backbone ridge - we call it Bellbird Spur - which is where your homesite is perched. The ridge hosts giant beech, rimu and rata, and boasts 360º views taking in the Mokihinui River up towards the gorge and all the way to the Tasman Sea, the Radiant Range toward the north and the Glasgow Range in the east. The driveway to your homesite will wind up to the ridge through king ponga and mature nikau.
A truly world class property.