Te Matawai

This weekend had near perfect weather and excellent visability as could see inland Kaikoura and Seaward Kaikora range and Ruapeha in the North. Egmont was covered in cloud. The walk up the river in my running shoes was a bad idea as it was chilly, had ice blocks by the time got to South Ohau hut

Friday 27/07/2012
Drove to the familiar Paods road and hit the farm land fast heading for the Ohau.
Saturday 28/07/2012
Visited by little birdie.
 Had my normal lazy morning, and wandered off at lunch time leaving South Ohau hut and heading for the hills.
Got to Te Matawia and had a clear blue sky.
Chopper pad view
Got to Te Matawai and dropped off my gear, just carried on with the essentials for a day walk. Camera battery failed so using cell phone for photos. Heading up Arete, great views of Dundas with a little icing on it.
To Arete
More closer to Arete
Did not get to Dundas even though it was a most perfect day. Did check out the hut book and see that I have had 17 weekends at this hut since 20/09/2009. The reason is that is easily accesiable on a Friday night after work and from here there are multiple places to go. Tracks, routes, river valley's and good bush bashes. Blame it on Leslie Adkin, he spotted the old glaciation in the valley he named Park River.

Sunday 29/07/2012
Heading for Paods Road, car, Wellington.

Trip Times
1640 Left Poads Road car park
1733 Off the track into the Ohau
1805 North. South Ohau junction
1925 South Ohau hut
1242 Left South Ohau hut
1336 YEates junction
1400 Te Matawai hut
1050 Left Te Matai hut, heading down Yeates
1151 South Ohau hut
1219 Left South Ohau hut
1414 Out of the Ohau river
1512 Poads Road car park

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