Sutherlands Hut - Aorangi Forest Park

Hat bag mission in the Aorangi Forest Park with Jessie, one of them things that involves what I call a short long drive. The drive to access Sutherlands Hut is interesting, we enjoyed the variety of scenery and the cliff zone as we drove to the road end. Seeing a number of vehicles at the end of the normal road we thought that the hut would probably be a bit crowded, hoping not full.
Cliff bits
I really enjoyed this road sign, photoed on the way back, makes me think of a forest full of hill billies and their shooters; maybe six fingers and twangy sounds of the banjo in the distance and if your lucky a cup of moon shine.
The road begins
And on down the road we drove, getting closer, we did stop to bag Waikuku Lodge and photo the place.
Haurangi Road
Getting there
Waikuku Lodge
Off down the four wheel drive track, meeting two lots of people coming out, and getting to our destination and finding it ever so empty.

Approaching Sutherlands hut
Sutherlands Hut
We went for another walk to check out the Avrills hut site. Mushrooms and nettle stinging.
The shroom tree
The hut must of been gone for years as there was not much to show where it had been.
Old sign parked in the trees
Averills Hut site
Dusk time and tree pair
We slept with a smokey open manuka fire.

Sunday 12/06/2016
Our pack up, sweep the hut, and head home day. With some pack weight checking before we left, Carl should remember this.
The heaviest on the right (Jessie)
Jessie packed and ready to go.
Some of the hill and old forest
More of that forest and hill.
We did get to the car just as the fat rain drops began to fall, and then it was wet.

Map Stuff

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Trip Times
Saturday 11/06/2016
1208 Departed the car at the end of the road and took the 4 wheel drive route.
1310 Sutherlands Hut
Sunday 12/06/2016
1038 Left Sutherlands Hut
1157 Back at the car

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