Yesterday, I spent two and a quarter hours hiking in the Pohangina Valley, on the search for some local native orchids. While my flower search was fruitless, the hiking was quite stunning and peaceful. The air was so refreshing, with no one else around it felt like I’d stepped back in time… I found myself imagining what it must have felt like for the original settlers of New Zealand to inhabit and clear this bush for settlement and farm land.
The emerald coloured fern, covered the forest floor and ancient Rimu and Totara trees towered above creating a dark dense walk. If you’re in the area I highly recommend you check out this wonderful track.