Manawatu gorge presentation
By Mystikal Gilligan-kingsley
Leaving for the Manawatu walk!
On Wednesday the 19th Of November room 13 traveled down to the Manawatu Gorge. We spent around 2 hours walking the Manawatu Gorge and this presentation is all about what we learnt and why we went. As a part of the inquiry theme this term; Sustainability. We went down there to have a look at forestry, Windmills and most importantly one of New Zealands biggest historic events. The Big Slip.
Nikau Palm!! The Nikau is very slow growing it takes 40-50 years to begin to form a trunk. And about 200 years to reach 10 meters tall. Nikau palms have always had importance in Maori life. The leaves were used to thatch houses, to wrap food before cooking, and to weave into hats, mats, baskets, and leggings for travelling through rough undergrowth. The growing spikes can be taken from the tree about every eight months without killing it.
The track provides an opportunity to walk through native bush, see a carving of Whatonga, enjoy scenic views and experience native wildlife only a short distance from Palmerston North. The track runs right through the gorge from one side to the other with a car park at each end. I really enjoyed walking the Manawatu track even though it was really tiring and exhausting and would like to walk again if i got the opportunity to.
And finally we had come to the end of our walk, We just had to walk all the way back to the car park. These wind turbins are also a main part of the gorge walk being, before the slip, another famous tourist sight. Running on wind power made them another reason Room 13 traveled down to the Manawatu Gorge.
The Kahikatea or White pine is New Zealands tallest native tree reaching up to 60 meters high. In Autumn, it produces black seeds on a succulent red stem, Which are a tasty treat for native birds like Kereru, Kaka and Tui. Kahikatea grows to heights of over 150 ft and is the tallest of New Zealand forest trees.
As we carried on walking we went past this big beautiful statue. We came to a clearing and in the clearing there was a awesome stature. It looked to me as it was protecting its land and bush.
Slip smashes through gorge!
The big slip happened in 2011, As said, It was a landslide that turned into a historic artifact over the past two/three years. People from all over New Zealand began to travel to the gorge just to see what happened and how much work was put into getting the roadways cleared.This now, Making Palmerston North even more of a tourist spot. A slip has ripped across the Manawatu Gorge, Blocking an area just cleared after several weeks work.
As we started to get to the end of our walk, Everyone could see the car park and they were happy that we were nearly finished our 2 hour walk. But we weren't finished our 2 hour walk yet cause we still had to go up and down slippery and muddy steps. When we got to the car park at the other end of the gorge, everyone was relived that the walk was over.
We arrived back to school at 4:45, Personally I thought that I really enjoyed walking the gorge even though it was really tiring and exhausting. I would walk the gorge again if I got the opportunity to walk it again. It was really fun and I enjoyed myself. Thank you for watching my presentation I hope you enjoyed it. By Mystikal Gilligan-kingsley.
Here is a video that takes you through the gorge.