Pekapeka Gully Track

Locality Geraldine, Map No. 20, Time 1 hour

Start at the end of Hislop Street and follow the track up and over the ridge. This is a steep grade going up and down but rewarded by a good view at the top. It is suitable for fit mountain bikers and walkers.

A pine plantation on the south side protects the native re-vegetation along Riddells Reserve and the retention dam. In times of heavy rain, proceed with caution as water will back up behind the dam. Large trees provide shade on the downward slope.

This gully provides a wildlife corridor to link with Talbot Forest.

The track comes out at the end of Barker Street. It is named the Pekapeka track after the rare Long Tailed Bat (pekapeka) which inhabits the area. It is, however, rarely seen.

To extend this walk continue on along the Talbot Forest walkway.

Features

  • Pekapeka - long tailed bats
  • Birds - fantails (piwakawaka), bellbirds(korimako), rifleman (titipounamu), NZ pigeons (kereru)
  • Views over the Geraldine plains and to the mountains