On Sunday June 14, 2015 the Napier Family Tramping group did a hike to Gallens Bush.
Gallens Bush is a private property inside Esk Forest, which is run by NZ Forestry. Gallens Bush consists mostly of NZ native trees and holds some of the biggest Totara trees in New Zealand. There are also a few massive Cabbage trees
Access to the bush is through Ohuakura Rd, off State Highway 5, between Napier and Taupo, just before Te Pohue. You follow the road for about 10km (6 miles) until you get to some barrier arms, put in by NZ Forestry. You have to walk the last 2-3km (2 miles) to get to the entry gate
Start of the walk after leaving the cars at the barrier arms.
View from the road over the Esk Forest
Getting closer to our destination
View over the Maungaharuru Range
Entry gate to Gallens Bush
Crossing the swing bridge over the stream bordering Gallens Bush
View from the bridge upstream
The bush is very dense. Luckily the walking track to the where the big Totara trees are is well indicated with bright white markers.
The first of the big Totara trees
This is the biggest Totara. I had to take 3 photos and combine them to fit it in. This tree is about 800 years old.
Not far away the sun was shining through some giant Cabbage trees.
So that was another nice outing from the Napier Family Tramping group