Hut surrounded by mist first thing. Left early and walked to the edge of the park. Sorry to be leaving Pureora – it’s been great tramping for 3 days through beautiful native forest – without any road walking. Farm road turned to gravel road then tarseal. Got a shuttle the final 20kms into town. Had lots to organise for our 7 day Whanganui river adventure. Looking forward to not walking for the next week.
Woke to a beautiful morning, rain gone. Hut sited by a lovely river which we followed most of the morning. Great campsites along the way. More huge Rimu’s along the track. Wonderful walk. Still on trail with Joel, Nathalie, Anna, Alba and the lads. Sunny weather and relatively easy tramping although a bit slippery under foot. Arrived early at the hut, only 12kms today. Girls are tenting, lads are in the hut. Lovely view from the new hut out to the West. Across to the east you can even see Mt Ruapehu. Stunning.
Rained most of the night. Cosy in the hut. Rained off and on all day. Alba had enjoyed her first ever day tramping and now she was to experience a wet day. Track was mostly in great condition. First day I can remember tramping through such a huge stand of mature Rimu. Wonderful! Crossed the 1000km mark 3kms before the hut. Photos and celebration with a Peanut Slab. 10 bunk hut was great to arrive at being in the wet all day. Sun arrived just after we got to the hut. Alba seemed to enjoy her 2nd day on trail. Lovely having Anna back.
At the thousand km mark!
Bloody mozzies! All night buzzed around. Rick eventually put up his tent at midnight. Beautiful bush in the forest! Followed the cycle trail most of the day with a turn off eventually to the hut. Joel had hitched to the campsite after the HQ, so had Alba, the Spanish woman who had contacted us on the blog about joining our little group on the trail. Arrived at the hut at 2:30pm, a record for me and Rick. First full day on a track with absolutely no road! To help celebrate, Anna miraculously arrived at the hut alone at 6pm. Awesome! Poured down once we were in the hut.
Another huge day. Rained during the night. Packed wet tents. Left under dark clouds expecting rain. Turned out we had 30 degrees with sunshine. Gravel road for 15kms through farmland, 8kms on the State Highway then 5kms on the gravel to the campground. Thanx Edwina for the ice creams in the mugs at Pa Harakeke. Mike hitched from the highway and took the food bags. Beautiful at the DOC field base.
Happy Birthday Luca!
Dropped off back in town. Thanx to the team at Casare Mesa backpackers. Bought new Putties from Farmlands. Beautiful weather, probably too hot. Followed the river all day mostly through bush then across farmland eventually ending up walking on a farm road. Huge day with a heavy pack – six days worth of food. Camped on a gorse track by a derelict hut just off the road at 8pm. 29kms, 30kms tomorrow.
At Pahautea Hut, in the Pirongia forest, I suspect we encountered an unique day in Te Araroa history. On that day we had 14 TA Walkers all in one hut and no other trampers – only through trail walkers. Five Kiwis, three from South Korea, and one each from Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden and USA.