The whisky was Highland Park 2001, exclusive for Global Travel Retail, purchased from Melbourne.
|Highland Park 2001|
Drove to Takaka and then shuttled to the start of the Heaphy with Golden Bay Air. Stopped for a drink and look see at Brown Hut and wandered off up the track which got slowly steeper and it was a real warm day. Great view where the trees where not. Good wee jet plane munching spot at Aorere shelter and an oppurtunity to relax with a cuppa and prepare for more of this nicely contouring up.
|Tony relaxing at the table|
|Tony on the table|
|Perry Saddle hut and DOC residents|
|Sprig & Fern Porter (Nelson beer)|
This hut is better than houses I have lived in, no wonder the National Parks act limits stays. All we needed was a whisky bar, coffee cart, pizza wagon, and Internet. Then I would not have moved an inch until the blue sky wilted.
|Perry Saddle hut internals|
|Rock Stacks and wall to wall blue sky|
|Communication on Mt Perry|
|Rock, huts, Douglas|
|Pasted view from Mt Perry|
|Out on the downs|
|Gouland Downs Hut|
|Tony above Shiner Brook|
|Striding out, passed the 1km to hut snail|
|Like someone dropped a road here|
|Well placed seat|
|Not so far to James Mackay|
|James Mackay Hut|
Again we where the last to leave, to many are in a great rush that is not needed. That is probably the only bit I like about great walks and bookings. It means you can take all day and there will still be a place in a hut for you to sleep. It costs more, its beurokratic and regimented like it should not be. Sometimes the whole thought of the greater number of people wandering out in the bush is sad; I so enjoy it when I'm the only one out wandering.
|View of the Heaphy|
|Brother on track|
|Lewis hut and he looks like he wants to say something|
|Leaving Lewis Hut|
|Brother Tony and a tree|
|Up in the tree|
|Gunner River Bridge|
|Weka - view from the rear|
|Looking back at Heaphy hut|
A fine clear day so perfect for walking the beach section of the track, jut stick to the coast and ignore the track as much as possible as the track is often wandering thru the beach edge forests with a consistent view of nice trees. The coast means great views South and great views North and walking bare feet in the sand. The new hut is well designed, spacious, and full of light. Views from the dining tables.
|Heading to Kohaihai Looking North to Heaphy Bluff|
|Tony on bridge|
|Katipo Creek Shelter|
|Kohaihai Camp site|
|Lookin South to Kohaihai|
Map and Elevation Profile
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The costs here are total for both of us, using our car for transport to and from Takaka.
|Petrol to Takaka and return||$50.00|
|Shutttle from Takaka airfield to Aorere Road End||$130.00|
|Each hut night||$57.60|
|Shuttle from Kohaihai to Karamea||$30.00|
|Flight from Karamea to Takaka||380.00|
There is also the food, beer, and gas we purchased.
There where only two of the nine huts and shelters on the Heaphy that had density. This has been corrected and Gideons will be receiving them back shortly.