Venture along the cut tracks through the small patch of native bush on the edge of the garden. Walking along the river’s edge in the bush is just magic.
The Old Shepherd’s Walk is the perfect choice for all ages and levels of fitness. Following a bulldozed trail along shiny green paddocks, you will encounter bizarre sandstone formations. Will you spot the famous Gorilla Head? Continuing on, the Walk will lead you through a gap of giant rocks and boulders before offering a breath taking vista over coastal Gisborne and the high country. From its turning point, the Old Shepherd’s Walk will gently take you up a hill to its highest point providing a bird’s-eye view over the lush Haurata Gardens and the Ngatapa Mountain. Be prepared to meet heaps of sheep and cattle roaming the land around the walk.
The majestic atmosphere created by all the large rocks gives you a sense of wonder at the awesome power of the earth. You feel as if you are on a movie set of Lord of the Rings. Although it is a short walk, the terrain is difficult and in some places dangerous so those who attempt this walk have to be very sure footed and the river is crossed 4 times.
This is the most challenging of the three farm walks. Leaving the retreat and walking up to the high point above the woolshed (770m) then heading off down the hill to view 3 fascinating waterfalls at 300m above sea level. Opportunities to have a stop along the way for a rest or refreshing swim. Then following the river back to the retreat.
Start out walking from 600 metres above sea level to some native QE11 bush then on to the Aerial Range 922 metres above sea level with views of Mt Hikurangi in the North, Gisborne and Young Nicks Head in the East. Panekiri Bluff in the West (Waikaremoana). Built on the Aerial range is a large telecom tower, the Maori’s call the range Matakitaki (observation point). This is where the East Coast plate is pushing on the Pacific plate creating the unique land structure. Soil types differing on either side of the range. See the remains of huge native trees burnt by out of control fires caused by farmers clearing land back in the 1920’s.