Date: 13 March 2009
The success of an open day held on Sunday 8 March at Morere Hot Springs north of Wairoa, has prompted plans of making it an annual event according to Department of Conservation (DOC) Gisborne Area Manager, Andy Bassett.
“The weather was perfect, the Morere Springs Scenic Reserve was looking great and lots of family groups had a brilliant day in beautiful surroundings. A hangi in the afternoon and hula dancing demonstrations were popular. People enjoyed the pools, bush and picnic areas and joined guided walks on the Mangakawa Track,” Mr Bassett said.
Morere Hot Pools lessee manager, Geoff Prickett said that the open day was held to celebrate the upgrading of the Mangakawa Track.
“The track provides a wonderfully diverse bushwalk. Everyone in Gisborne should walk it because it has something for everyone. People who nothing about the bush and those who know a lot will all get something out of this walk,” Mr Prickett said.
Mr Bassett that DOC staff were delighted to be able help local people celebrate upgrading work at Morere.
“This place has some special attractions and provides a great spot to highlight the way that geology, vegetation, native animals and human history are all linked. We’re really pleased that so many people took advantage of a great day to explore Morere,” Mr Bassett said.