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Airies Station                                                                                                                                                                 11th July

After a leisurely departure from Timaru we stopped at the house were Dave touched base with the owners. We parked at the yards and shortly after 9:30amstarted our walk. After 500m on the flat we started climbing a ridge, gaining height quite quickly. It did not take long to reach the main ridge, where we had views across to Dobson, down to Fairlie and also the low cloud of the Mackenzie basin. We followed the undulating ridge, briefly seeing a tiny dusting of snow on the shady side, glimpsing 2 fallow deer, and wallaby, stopping for lunch and enjoying the view. We identified Lake Opuha, the tip of Big Peel, then Dave advised we all guessed wrong and were looking at Winterslow.

After lunch we turned towards the Mackenzie Basin, still encased in the hoare frost and revelled in the sunshine. We watched 2 wallaby hop quickly away, ducking through the fence. This was a first for Karen, our visitor for the day. A steep descent avoiding the spaniards and matagouri saw us drop quickly. We were back at the car by 4pm

The web site encouraged 2 new comers on the trip so we had a party of 11. Many thanks to the Munro’s  for giving access to the land and to David for organising another outstanding trip.

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