Te Matawai Yet Again

All photos by Carl
Carl and I heading for a walk over the tops from Arete as the weather forecast is looking great. Sunscreen packed. And this is the first tramp with the newly acquired old car for tramping trips; and first tramp in the Tararua's for this year.

Friday 27/01/2012
Left work after 3.00 p.m. and picked up Carl on the way to Otaki for a visit to my Mum and Dad before heading to Poads road.

We eventually headed off from Poads road at about seven pm. Intended to go up South Ohau but when we got there is was a bit dirty and up a bit. So off up Gables and a slow trip to Te Matawai, can see that this area needs a good dose of 1080 as our fury friends are out and about tonight.
Common brushtail possum
Saturday 28/01/2012
A rather late start to the day. And the weather is no way at all like the weather forecast. Sun is not even visible. Decided to check who had the heaviest pack, a bit of a draw.
Ian pack check
Carl pack check
We headed off up to Arete where I discovered that certain ants if you sit on their nest will crawl into your under pants and will bite and as your jumping around pulling off pants tramping mates will laugh.
Looks like: Huberia striata
Up a bit further and views of the waterfall, really keen to go for a walk over there and check out the bowls. Have talked about it a few times but not done it yet. Next time I go to Te Matawai it will be an intention.
Waterfall to check out
And got to the top of Pukematawai for a sit down and a wander back to the hut for the night.
DOC ware on Pukematawai

Sunday 29/01/2012
A not so late start to the day, hut sweep and wander off down to South Ohau hut. A re-cut of an old track has been done, which we only checked out the start of. Here is the info from the hut book.
South Ohau hut book description of escape route
A nice wander down the river; as its back to a more normal flow.
And finally out at the car and a beer each, before the drive back to Wellington.
blue car

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