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Mystery and history at Pukeiti

Monday 28 January 2013, 3:20PM
By Taranaki Regional Council
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TARANAKI

Nature fans, history buffs and lovers of magic places will be catered for during a free guided walk at Pukeiti on Sunday (3 February).

The three-hour expedition deep into the 360ha property’s lush rainforest will be led by Pukeiti Manager Andrew Brooker, who will talk about its flora and fauna, some interesting uses of native plants and tell the stories of some archeological sites in the forest.

“The rainforest has a real atmosphere of mystery and magic, and this is heightened when you learn about the plants and the people who have lived and worked in the forest,” says Andrew. “This guided walk is a rare opportunity to delve deeper.”

He says charity fun runs are planned for Pukeiti on the first Sunday in April, and Sunday’s walk is an opportunity for competitors to check out the lie of the land.

Sunday’s expedition involves a number of stream crossings and good walking boots are essential. Participants should also bring lunch and drinks, and gather at the Gatehouse at 10.30am.

The guided walk is part of a year-round programme of free public events at Pukeiti, Hollard Gardens and Tupare, the three heritage properties owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. For more information, see www.pukeiti.org.nz, www.tupare.info and www.hollardgardens.info. Social media users can also follow the three Regional Gardens on Facebook (TaranakiRegionalGardens) and Twitter (@TaranakiRG).

Sunday’s event is also part of the New Plymouth District Council’s Summer Guided Walks programme.