Maungahuka Hut Return From Otaki Forks

This trip is with Steve and Jessie who I met last weekend up at North Ohau, aim to meet Friday at Otaki Forks and head to Fields for the night. Its their first trip involving the infamous Tararau Peaks ladder.

However we meet up at Fields hut the next morning as they arrived about eleven o'clock Friday night. Me was already asleep, as I got away from work much earlier than expected. By the time they arrived the hut was getting full and they slept on mattreses on the floor.

Friday 08/03/2013
Left the Otaki Forks car park at half sixish and was at Fields hut just on eight. Three downstairs two upstairs. Headed off up the hill for views and a colorful sunset. Yakked on the phone as well.
Back at the hut and sipping a few drams of Bowmore 12yo from Centre City Wines and Spirits Wellington. An easy Tararua sipping whisky from the Isle of Ila; just not cask strength. Getting ready for sleep and more arrived and more etc. Hut almost full.

Saturday 09/03/2013
Expected a clear hot day and got a day of light cloud, which turned out to be great walking conditions. Never rained just blew a bit and didnt have the wall to wall blue sky views that we wanted.

Steve and Jessie in light cloud along the ridge near McIntosh.
Cruising up one of the little rock climbs as we get closer to the Tararua peaks.
Tunui obscured by fine mist, just a lump we pass by on our way to Maungahuka.
Down the ladder pictures with not much visability.
On the last little goat track heading to the top of Maungahuka.
Steve and Jessie find a use for the DOC ware on the top of Maungahuka
The Tararua Peaks from near Maungahuka hut.
We got to the hut and there where plenty of beds, just two people there. Erwin and Gailyn. Its great when you meet other people out tramping and they all have an interest in the exploration of back country New Zealand. A great way to find out about interesting places to go. For instance I learnt from Erwin about the pots in the Otaki River and I shared Snowberry knowledge.

Sunday 10/03/2013
Up early and leaving as soon as possible as its a wee way out to Otaki Forks and it was a hot day.  The three of us outside the Maungahuka hut before heading away. All five of us decided to head off together.
Assorted photos of ascending Tuiti up the ladder and then the rocks with the handy steel cables and in good clear weather.
Erwin and Ian Standing on Tunui photographed by Gailyn from Tuiti. This was our second time on top that day, first time was on our way past before climbing up the ladder on our way from Maungahuka. Erwin decided to climb Tunui so I joined him, the good weather made it very easy to find the way up. A wee bit of exposure when looking down from the top. We went back down and then the group of us headed up the ladder. While we where on top of Tuiti it was realised that this would have been a good place to take a photo of us when we where on Tunui. So back we went and got this photo.
The flowers and Snowberry's.
And on the way to Fields I took a quick trip to Kime to check on the state of the new hut.
Trip Times

Friday 08/03/2013
1830 Left Otaki Forks overnight carpark
2007 At Fields hut
Saturday 09/03/2013
0830 Left Fields hut
0908 Penn Creek turnoff

1556 On the top of Maungahuka
1609 At Maunghuka hut
Sunday 10/03/2013
0859 Left Maangahuka hut
1531 Side trip to Kime hut
1701 Field H\hut
1820 Left Field hut
1940 Otaki Forks

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