Tutuwai Hut

Another late night stormy wander after work on a Friday. Picked up Martin on the way and it was an easy drive to the car park before Kiwi Ranch, We wandered off and we got there after midnight and not wet. Hmmm the forecast weather was a bit late.

Lots of deer about in our travels including two face to face meetings, on the flats before Tutuwai hut. Bed time was sometime before 0400 Saturday morning.

A lazy day and minor walk in the afternoon, checking on the river level. Quite full at the moment.
Tauherenikau River
Tauherenikau River
Tauherenikau River
Upstream from the hut
Excellent weather and a nice walk out in full on sunshine. The water flow almost back to normal after yesterdays rain.
View from the hut flats
Tauherenikau River
Tauherenikau River


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Trip Times
Friday 21/11/2014
2027 Left car park
2041 Onto the track
2055 Alpha Junction
2256 Bridge
0046 Tutuwai Hut
Sunday 23/11/2014
0706 Left Tutuwai hut
0919 Swing Bridge
1010 Smiths CreekShelter
1201 Alpha Junction
1213 Turn off to YMCA
1229 Car

Eastern Hutt River to Alpha Return Quoin Ridge

This tramp is the same as one I did earlier in the year, except reversed the direction, which is much faster. Started from the same place, Norbett Creek track at Kaitoke Water works.

Saturday 08/11/2014
A very fine day in the Eastern Hutt River.
Eastern Hutt River below swing
Meet up with a big bacon 600 meters South of Eastern Hutt hut, got a photo as it ran off.
Either not many people pass this way or they never bother to write in the hut book. Probably the later. If I had got to the hut after seven p.m. I would have stayed the night at the hut as I didn't want to be bashing around in the bush in the dark. It does say emergency stays only and my stay would not have been an emergency. Maybe I will get stuck here in a storm sometime for a stay one night as its a pretty little spot, and one of the few huts in the Tararua's that Ive never slept in.
Eastern Hutt Hut or Hut with No Name
Out on the open tops at seven thirty, with a few bashes thru leatherwood.
Looking down into Eastern Hutt
Had very clear weather and the views from 1308 to Alpha where spectacular.
Looking north to Main Range
West towards Kapiti
As it darkened I could hear the rumble of distant explosions, looking back I had a good view of the Wellington City fireworks display 50 kilometers distance.
Wellington fireworks
Sunday 09/11/2014
Another good day with a small wind on the tops. Headed off early'ish with more views. Good to look North to the main range.
Day view of looking North to Main Range
And this is where I was heading, down Quoin Ridge to Hutt Forks.
Quoin Ridge
The ridge walk from Alpha to Quoin was mostly open tussock, very easy travel. Just a couple of spots where you pushed thru scrub and treated your legs to a natural exfoliation process.
The scrubby stuff
Cruisy top travel
Heading into the bush on Quoin
Much easier way to go. The walk up the spur onto Quoin is easy travel with an almost constant ground trail, coming down it requires more care as its easy to wander off the sides in the flat broad areas. Much prefer going up. The same with Quoin Ridge, so much easier to walk down it.

Did not see one possum on my evening walk, that could be due to this stuff:
1080 sign
Lots of 1080 pellets on the ground ranging from ones beginning to break down in the damp places to those still firm on the open tops.
1080 on the tops
1080 in the trees
I do so agree with 1080.

Trip Times
Saturday 08/11/2014
1504 Left car at start of Norbett Creek track
1541 Onto 4WD road
1613 At the Eastern Hutt River swing bridge
1647 End of marked track and into the river
1753 Big bacon in the river
1803 Eastern Hutt Hut
1812 Left hut, heading up grid north spur to Quoin Ridge
1936 Out into the open
2116 Alpha hut

Sunday 09/11/2014
0938 Left Alpha hut 
1006 Alpha
1133 Seismic station 
1438 Hutt Forks, stopped for lunch
1526 HEading up 4WD
1608 Norbett Creek track
1637 Car


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Pouakai Circuit

Its a trip a Department of Conservation brochure does the full on DOC marketing speak and starts with "Egmont National Park's premier 2~3 day tramp offers...". Paul and I teamed up for a Friday blast to North Egmont and a wander into Pouakai Hut for the night.

Friday 31/10/2014
Drove and drove from Wellington to a wee bit lost on the way, checked out by the police in some naki hick town as we passed thru. Got to North Egmont and parked up. Headed off down the road to Pouakai track and a few hours later we got to the shelter with out getting our feet wet. There is now a bridge just before the shelter. Used to be a hut, wonder if it can be again.
Kaiauai Shelter
Well it was a great fun night till we got to the Henry steps and I left Paul behind. No problems in the murk at the drop down to Pouakai hut, however no Paul. So I went back and looked for him, not there, so probably hes bivvied out in the scrub tuckered out. Or maybe he fell off one of the ladders and he's dead. Most probably he missed the hut and went to Holly hut.

Saturday 01/11/2014
After a bit of a hazy early morning thinking about Paul and where he is, I gave in and slept. So good that he turned up at ten am just as I was just thinking of ringing the police to advise of a potential lost person. He missed the turn off and spent the night at Holly hut. Fooded up and then we wandered off to Holly Hut.
Chopper pad at Pouakai Hut
Pouakai Hut
Mt Egmont from above Pouakai Hut
Flat spot above Pouakai Hut
And from here its off down and across the Ahukawakawa Track to Holly Hut.
Holly Hut
Sunday 02/11/2014
Before breakfast I walked outside and saw the Egmont cap so took a few photos.
Mt Egmont
We left and headed up the high track as the day became unsettled.
View North from Holly Hut track
View North from Holly Hut track
View North from Holly Hut track
Trip Times
2049 Left the North Egmont car park heading down the road
2109 Start of Pouakai track
2119 Junction
2225 Kaiauai swing bridge
2230 Kaiauai shelter
2355 Henry Peak
0044 Junction to Holly and Pouakai huts
0051 Pouakai hut
1123 Left Pouakai hut At Holly Hut
0803 Left Holly Hut
0807 Holly Hut Junction
1030 Holly Hut and Kokowai Track Junction
1051 Veronica Track Junction
1109 North Egmont visitor center


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