The whisky for this trip was the Limited Edition 8 year old Lagavulin; a very fine dram it turned out to be. I much prefer it to the older 16 year old.
Anthony picked me up from Motueka and we then drove to Hokitika and where brunching in the same cafe as last year at ten o'clock.
Arriving at the road end, went thru a gate and on up a gravel road to start on the Arahura Valley track.
|Anthony and vehicle|
|DOCware for the access|
|Looking to our destination, ridge to left of big slip|
|Chains for the slippery bit|
|Our first swing bridge across the Arahura|
|View towards the route to Brown?|
|Anthony at the happy|
|The river valley|
|More some valley|
|Turning to a valley|
|Our destination for the first day|
|Is a great wee valley|
|6th March 2017|
We went from Lower Arahura hut with a visit to Newton Creek hut for lunch, then to Mudflats hut for the night. The day was drizzle with some rain until 2.00pm when it became sunny.
|Heading up the Arahura|
|Heading up the side creek away from the river|
|Crossing the Arahura to Newton Creek hut track|
|Swing bridge across Arahura to Newton Creek hut|
|Track along the Arahura|
|At the top before descending to Newton Creek hut|
|Anthony at lunch|
|Ian at lunch|
|Newton Creek Hut|
|Looking South up the Arahura, earlier no view...|
|View South up the Arahura|
|View from the swing bridge|
|This could be the mud flats?|
|Anthony crossing the swing to Mudflats hut|
|Tuesday 7th March 2017|
The first two days where just walks in the drizzle. This day the sun came out and we had a diff trip, with me bagging Campbell bivouac on the way to Harman hut, and Anthony taking the direct route.
Off on the way to
Well this was Anthony's rabbit trick and a mighty fine one it turned out to be, and the top speed of 46.9km/h is a significant error.
Another most awesome day, with heat.
Home day and its all about getting out quickly
Jog time.... picked up by the farmer.
Map of Trip
0610 Anthony picked me up from Motueka for our drive to Hokitika
1004 Hokitika and brunching on food
1128 At the Styx Road end
1200 Off up our ridge, fail, back...
1515 At Lower Arahura Hut
1615 Off to Lower Olderog Bivouac
1731 Turned back as decided I would be too slow
1840 Back at Lower Arahura hut
0833 Left Lower Arahura Hut
Newton Creek Hut
1427 Left Newton Creek Hut
1545 At track junction with "2 Hour" sign
1657 At swing before hut
1704 At Mudflats hut
0925 Left Mudflats hut
1009 Into the river hopping bit
1020 Up side creek
1320 Campbell Bivouac
1423 Left Campbell Bivouac
1659 Into and across the river
1712 On the track
1741 Track junction
1853 Harman Hut
0928 Left Harman Hut
1200'ish Into the creek for lunch
1300 Heading up the gut to the prominent needle
1746 At Top Crawford Hut
Left Top Crawford Hut
Left Grassy Flats Hut