Alpha via Eastern Hutt

An Easter trip with an over night stay in the valley of no over night stays, was meant to be more but shit happens.

Thursday 02/04/2015
Drove to the Kaitoke Regional Park and went up the Norbett Creek route, at the top could see some sunset.
Sunset from top of Norbett Creek route
Down the four wheel drive track and into the Eastern Hutt river and on up to the hut with no name in the dark. Saw a couple of eels out cruising and got a photo of one,  even managed to pat it on the head before it took off.
Eel in Eastern Hutt River
 Further on up in the river flats we could see the moon behind a tree.
Moon in the tree
Stayed the night at hut with no name as we could not see where we where going, was a pleasant walk.

Friday 03/04/2015
Walked out of the hut with no name and up to the junction of the Quoin and Hutt River.

Hut with no name (Eastern Hutt Hut)
And found this deer head in the river, so put into the trees as someone may want it.
Deer head
We took the Northern Spur that goes thru forest on the way to Alpha.
Out into the open with good views.
View out of the bush
Cairn Tree
More view
Closer to Alpha
Paul on the ridge
On the top watching the clouds roll in
Got to Alpha hut before 2.00pm, with no intention of going anywhere, collected firewood for the future. No body else there until 1830 when a couple arrived and then on dark a family group.

Saturday 04/04/2015
Left Alpha Hut about 0930 and headed back down the spur to hut with no name in the Easter Hutt river and got there before one. We where hit by strong wind that was pushing us around between the exposed bit on the tops from Alpha hut to Alpha.
Heading down the ridge almost into the bush
Marker type before OT
Some light dark view
Had a wander around and explored the area, then collected firewood for the future guests of this tidy hut.

Sunday 05/04/2015
We left the hut with no name and with the ok weather so we decided to go down the gorge. Hoping it was interesting. Passed a few large trees horizontal in the river.
A dark look
The forest
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
We stopped for a snack and after we made sure all our stuff was nicely in our dry bags water tight. Off into the gorge.
Start of gorge
Small waterfall and pool - most interesting bit
Rock channel in the gorge
Gorge walk
Gorge walk
Shallow shingle pool
Gorge walk
Smoking lounge
Gorge walk
Almost out
Swing Bridge
Its a nice gorge with no pools to swim, one small waterfall into a pool is the closest it comes to being interesting.

Trip Times
Friday 03/04/2015
1820 Left car at Norbett Creek track
1902 On the four wheel drive road
1934 At bottom of four wheel drive road
2041 In the river
2222 At Hut with No Name
Saturday 04/04/2015
0930 Left Alpha Hut
1251 At Hut with No Name
Sunday 05/04/2015
0829 Left Hut with No Name
1000 At the start of the gorge, stopped for a snack time.
1158 At the swing bridge
1207 Start ofthe four wheel drive track
1241 Norbett Creek turn off
1305 At car.


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