Middy Hut

An overnight return trip in the Richmond Ranges from Brook Street to to Middy Hut.

Saturday 24/01/2015
Got dropped off at the end of Brook Street where the Dun Mountain track access is just before the Brook Street camping ground. Very hot morning.
Richmond Ranges
Pretty hot by the time I got to Coppermine Saddle.
Coppermine Saddle
View looking out from Dun Saddle
Stopped at Rocks Hut for a snack and cup of tea and a break from the sun. Got to Middy Hut and decided I would spend the afternoon sunbathing and swimming. Nice relaxing time.

Sunday 25/01/2015
Did a hut tidy and collected firewood for future. And left about mid day. Another very hot day.
Middy Hut
Warm wander up the hill to Rocks Hut with a lot of wasps about. Stopped at Rocks for a cup of tea and decided that I would take the old track from the look out, which is well maintained and easily followed.
Lookout to Junction track
Out of the bush heading where there is a sign for those heading the other way.
Rocks Hut sign at 1628982E 5421247N
Down to the creek where I stopped a while and had a shallow swim before heading off up to the Dun Mountain track.
Heading into the creek
View back to the bush
Back on the track
 From here about two hours back to Brook street. Hot walk.

Trip Times
0733 Left Brook Street
0802 Cummins Spur
0852 Third House
0947 Windy Point
1009 Coppermine Saddle
1026 Dun Saddle
1100 Rocks Hut
1122 Left Rocks Hut
1243 Middy Hut
1148 Left Middy Hut
1333 Rocks Hut
1407 Left Rocks Hut
1448 Out of the scrub
1508 Heading into the creek for a rest
1540 On up again
1609 Back on the track
1616 Windy Point
1710 Third House
1751 Cummins Spur
1807 Brook Street

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Mt Matthews

An international team with members from China, Turkey, and New Zealand do a day trip aiming to get to the top of Mouth Matthews in the Orongorongo Forest park. We have talked about this for months and we finally put it together.

The Orongorongo is a very accessible place for those who live in the Wellington area. Easy access to a forest park. Check out the DOC stuff here.

Saturday 17/01/2015

0728 Left Wellington in Franks car, complete with baby seat, not quite big enough for Tuncay or I. So we had a squashed trip to the Catchpool; two guys one and a half seats.
Ian and Tuncay in 1.5 seats
Got to Catchpool carpark and ripped the junk out of Franks pack. Man oh man Frank has watched too much American tv!
The lets get going shot with all the smiles ready to head off and no hill in site.
Tuncay, Frank, and Ying
 Once more including me.
Ian, Tuncay, Frank, Ying

0821 Headed off to the river. DOCware at the start of the track. DOCware everywhere.
0928 At the curve bridge just before popping into the river.
Tuncay, Frank, and Ying on curve bridge
 Walking up the valley and crossing the calf deep  river several times.
River crossing
Tuncay, Ying, and Frank wading.

The wide river bed
 1030 stopped for a cup of coffee and snack in the creek before heading up
Snack spot, Ying Frank, and Tuncay
1128 Heading off up Mount Matthews.
Frank going up
Tuncay and Ying going up
DOCware ensuring we know where we are
View down the valley
1259 At the clear spot, stopped for lunch. Clouds drifting in so we not go to the top, as best views here anyway.
Tuncay, Ying, and Frank
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The top with cloud

Frank, Ying, and Tuncay
Frank happy back at the curve bridge
Off to the super market in Ynui to get some food for cooking over and in a fire on the beach. Wood collection, fire, cooking, and  eating. Yum.
team cook
Example of Franks cooking
Hot Rocks
Ying, food, and Frank
The cooking rock
seaweed on the rocks
out to sea
South Island
Later in the dark we wandered a bit as we walked back to the car for the drive home.

Upper Otaki Hut Circuit

Paul and I meet up at South Ohau hut Friday night to do a trip down the Otaki river as far as the old Upper Otaki Hut site, and returned along Oriwa ridge to Waiopehu, then out to Poads Road.

For this trip description I have referenced the sixth edition 1972 map. "Map of the Tararua Mountain System" which gives the location and name of the Upper Otaki hut and Oriwa Lake Hollow.

Whisky for the trip was a young Highland Park which can be found at Meenan Wines & Spirits Ltd from Dunedin. Young as in eight years old, which makes a much more flavorsome whisky. Strength on their web site says 40%, however the bottle I have is 43%.

Friday 09/01/2015
Left Wellington and drove to Otaki after work. Parked car at Poads road and off along the track to Ohau River. Into the river and up to South Ohau hut. One eel spotted. Very easy fast travel due to the river being so low.

Saturday 10/01/2015
We left South Ohau just before nine with a perfect day for a wander down a river valley. Pretty new sign at the Yeates track junction, the old signs where good enough wonder what value it adds and what did it cost to drop the new docware in? The only difference this new sign adds is that it gives a suggested time and adds in Richards Knob. This seems like money wasted.
Yeates track docware
Dropped into the headwaters of the Otaki after ten thirty. Enjoyable travel, excellent weather so we slowed down as our aim was to get to the Upper Otaki hut site and bivouac there. Much stopping for cups of tea, swims, and just looking at the scenery. The river grew as we progressed down to the open flats.
Otaki River head waters
Otaki river
Otaki river
Getting to the mid Otaki
Getting to the mid Otaki
Got to a big flat area and started to look for a place to sleep and we where surprised by the presence of a hut and a picnic table. No one there and it sure beats fly camping.
Two bunk temporary hut
Inside the hut
Only thing to identify the hut
The old Upper Otaki hut site has a toilet planted on it.
Upper Otaki hut site
Wandered off back up the Otaki river to check out Murphy Creek. About twenty meters up the creek on the true left there is a ground trail heading North up to Oriwa. A comfy night with lots of mosquito's buzzing around.

Sunday 11/01/2015
Not far back up the Otaki and we headed up onto the ridge North of Murray creek following a ground trail all the way to Oriwa. Some places we had to use our compasses to keep ourselves heading to Oriwa. It took us an hour and half to go from Murray creek to Oriwa Lake hollow where the old Oriwa biv was sited. Now it is a hydrology station. Stopped here for a brief rest and then on again with more care as from Oriwa to Waiopehu there where a few places where no trace of ground trail existed, however bits of orange or red tape advertised the way. On to Waiopehu hut, where we stopped for lunch.
Otaki down river from old hut site
Otaki up river from old hut site
Murray Creek
Oriwa Lake Hollow

Oriwa Lake Hollow
Oriwa hydrology station

Oriwa hydrology station
Waiopehu looking towards Oriwa
Top of Waiopehu
Waiopehu hut
Trip Times
1828 Left Poads Road
1919 In the river
1952 North South Ohau fork
2045 South Ohau hut
0853 Left South Ohau hut
0949 At top of Yeates track
1001 Track down to Otaki river
1034 Otaki river
1518 Upper Otaki hut site
0758 Left Upper Otaki Hut
0908 Murray Creek
1036 Oriwa hydrology station
1246 Waiopehu
1254 Waiopehu hut
1331 Left Waiopehu hut
1609 Poads Road


Mid Otaki Hut site
Old South Ohau sign on the ground