Locality Geraldine, Map No. 21, Time 1 hour
Start on at the bottom of Tripp Street opposite Bridge Street. Walk up the hill on the footpath of Tripp Street until it joins Davies Street. This is part of the Pioneer Trail. Do not turn into Davies Street but continue straight ahead onto the gravel road which is the Ribbonwood walking track.
Initially there are open paddocks on the left and bush on the right with mountains in the distance. The slope is quite steep and the track narrows as you get higher. An alternative track direct to Pye Road joins at this point. You are rewarded by a view over the plains when you reach the top.
At the top the track joins Ribbonwood Road where there is a new housing estate. Follow Ribbonwood Road around to the left and enjoy the many beautiful houses and gardens in this area. There is a look out point about half way along this part of Ribbonwood Road. Take care when walking along the road and be aware of traffic.
Turn left into Pye Road and take the time to look backwards at the mountains. Turn left into Davies Road and right into Tripp Street to return to your starting point.
If you want to extend your walk there are a number of DOC tracks through Talbot Forest (podocarp forest). The entrance to this is on Tripp Street.
- Early flowering Kowhai Narrow leafed lacebark Totara
- Established home and gardens
- Birds - fantails (piwakawaka), bellbirds(korimako), rifleman (titipounamu), NZ pigeons (kereru)
- Views of the Plains and mountains