2 Banded Rails !

Stop Press! Trish has just seen 2 banded rails in the inlet beside Twin Waters Lodge. These birds are relatively rare in NZ, and our inlet is the only place in the South Island where they have been seen. We see them maybe once or twice a year, as they are a very fugitive species.

Summer has come early to Twin Waters Lodge. Following a cold winter, we now have had warm dry weather for a couple of weeks. The season started early this year, with first guests on 1 October, and we have had a couple of larger groups (7-8 people) staying here bfore walking the Heaphy Track. Twin Waters Lodge is a great place as a base before tackling the Heaphy – or as a rest and reward after completing it, if coming from the Southern end. We can work in with transport agencies to pick up or deliver trampers to the Takaka areodrome, to the Collingwood bus stop or to Brown Hut, as required – just let us know what you need. Our preferred option when we walk the Heaphy is to leave from the Brown Hut end and walk through to the Karamea end, then fly back to the Takaka aerodrome with one of the local operators. Below are a couple of photos I took when walking the Heaphy about 2 years ago.

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