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Kapakapanui Track

  • Dec 1, 2012 · 8:00 AM

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/wellington-kapiti/kapiti/kapakapanui-track/
Time: Overnighter (stay in Kapakapanui Hut)
Difficulty: Difficult (muddy!)

Description
Kapakapanui is an isolated minor peak of 1102 metres in the southwest corner of the range, dominating the skyline from Paraparaumu and Waikanae.

The open summit of Kapakapanui is one of the best viewpoints in the Tararua Range, revealing not only the full extent of the Southern Crossing, but also the featureless forested maze of the Renata-Maymorn-Akatarawa uplands, as well as the sweep of the Kapiti coastline and the dramatic silhouette of Kapiti Island 22 km to the west.

The climb is steep and the track rough and muddy in places, with the forest still bearing the marks of the devastating 1936 cyclonic storm.

 

This will be done as an overnighter...

We will leave Wellington early and drive up to Waikanae. From the start of the track it is 3-4 hours to the hut, very steep in some places.

We will get to the hut and claim out spots and have some lunch.

Then if the weather is good there is the option to head up to the summit--another hour (again, steep).

Sunday morning will need to start at a decent time and head up to the summit and then it's 2-3 hours back.  Depending on the weather we can swap directions and do the 2-3 route on the Saturday.

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  • Gareth H.

    Done this a couple of times and would advise against it with the forecast as it is as your staying overnight. If doing in a day - which only take 6 hrs, it would be ok but no views (which are superb).

    October 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, unfortunately that sounds like the right decision. I was thinking of doing a low level walk instead but the forecast looks really bad so there's not much point. Ah well, better luck next time.

      October 11, 2012

    • Allyson A.

      Thanks for the message Alyssa... will keep my eyes peeled for tis event in December.

      October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather forecast is sounding pretty bad for the weekend, especially Saturday. Heavy rain and wind for Saturday and its Northerly. Sunday will clear up some but wouldn't be until after the summit time...Talked with someone today who is somewhat familiar with the track and they recommended against it...thoughts?

    October 11, 2012

    • Allyson A.

      I've been doing a bit of research too and I don't think it's the best track to do when it going to rain consistently. I think I'm going to say no : (

      October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, so sorry to let you guys down at short notice but I have had an allergic reaction to something...not sure what! My whole face is swollen and I have a red rash everywhere! I'm going to docs tomorrow. Don't really want to be on a big tramp feeling like this. That means Nick's out too. He is looking after me :( Hope the weather holds up for you guys and hope to meet you all soon!

    October 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear Natasha! Feel better soon (and the tramp may be postponed anyway)!

      October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok so we need: 2 bags of pasta, a couple of things of sauce (same or different), lots of toppings and dessert. Also 2 stoves and gas. Please reply to this post with what you are going to bring.
    Forecast is looking bad still...lots of wind and rain both days. I'm guessing it would be best to make a decision on Friday night given the need for an early start.

    October 10, 2012

    • Matt K.

      I'll bring 2X pasta and 2X sauce. And a coat.

      October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a map of the Tararuas, including the Kapakapanui area, and probably a compass somewhere too.
    You're right about the forecast, looks pretty bad for the week-end.

    October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I definitely have a compass but if you want to bring the map that would be great.

      October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are not able to book the hut, hence needing to leave early.
    Pasta is good for dinner...two bags of pasta, some sauce and toppings. If one person wants to bring dessert that would work.

    I don't suppose anyone has the topo map of the area? If not I will purchase it and I also have a compass though I am not super confident in using it....

    Forecast is still rain and wind (northerlies) both days which would make this walk not pleasant and even more tricky. If the forecast doesn't change then I think we will need to postpone....

    October 9, 2012

  • Allyson A.

    Hi am looking forward to the hike. I also have a car..3 door Rav 4 so boot space is rubbish. Am happy to take it if needed :-) if not I live in Johnville which is the right direction. Are we still leaving at 8am? For diner we could do good old pasta and everyone bring one favourite something to add to it, a bit like a pot luck!

    October 8, 2012

  • Fiona

    Looks like I've already done this one, a year ago, in fact - @Matt, thanks for posting that article, as we were there that weekend and met them - so I decided to drop out, which means hopefulyl everyone gets a bunk.

    October 8, 2012

  • Matt K.

    I couldn't see anywhere on doc site to book a space in the hut. Do we need to book this hut? Also let's not take this wrong turn:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5844664/Day-tramp-becomes-cold-night-in-the-bush

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome. Looks like we have enough transportation for everyone. We can finalize things in a few days. For food I propose that we do a communal dinner but everyone is responsible for their snacks, lunches and breakfast. If anyone has any suggestions/ideas for dinner please share them :) We can also bring stuff for dessert. Let's cross our fingers for good weather for the weekend!

    October 8, 2012

  • Matt K.

    I also have a car and am happy to drive, leaving from Wgtn. 3 spaces

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,
    i am in Wellington and have a car so can take two others, three at a push. Do we still need to leave that early if we are not doing the whole track on saturday though?

    October 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd be keen to get a ride with you then please Geoffrey. As for time, it is a small 6 bunk hut so best to get there early to claim it. We could probably leave a bit later, I'm open to suggestions on this.

      October 7, 2012

  • Matt K.

    Just to clarify: So the date for this is Oct 13, as stated above?

    October 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. There was some confusion but the tramp will go ahead next weekend provided the weather forecast is permitting of course!

      October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Alyssa, Nick and I will be leaving from Lower Hutt and we can take 2 others! Tasha.

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have closed this to new RSVPs for the moment until transportation and hut capacity are sorted out.

    October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, date has been changed back to next weekend. Sorry about the confusion. I see lots of people are keen but what we need to know now is who has transportation and how many people can you take? I know I would need a ride please...

    Also, please note that this will be an overnighter. But still a challenging trip. 10 people is definitely a maximum as the hut is 6 bunks.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    have just added the waiting list function on Kapakapanui hike, so you can jump on that if you're keen to attend. if a spots comes up you'll get an email, first in gets the spot

    October 5, 2012

  • Gareth H.

    The day after my birthday so unlikely to be in a fit state for this awesome walk! Hope you get good weather - the views are breathtaking from the top.

    October 4, 2012

  • miles c.

    let me know if someone pulls out keen to go

    October 4, 2012

  • Matt K.

    Sounds like a good walk. Good organising! I'll come along if a space becomes available.

    October 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to but I'll be in Akl celebrating my Gran's 90th (woohoo!). I'm hoping to get out on the trails soon though!

    October 4, 2012

  • Fiona

    @Alyssa - I can't cancel the date, so I've put it back to a date you might be available. Can you lead the trip on this date?

    October 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This date is good for me! Can't wait!

    September 26, 2012

  • Fiona

    Hi Alyssa, just change the date on the site - you are event host for this, so you will have access to the tools. I'm away a bit in October and November, but its your trip :) I can always do it another time.

    September 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure I'll be ready by then but hopefully! Fiona you should take over as event host in case I'm not ready.

    September 26, 2012

  • Fiona

    Okay - I set a date...I'm away after that so being slightly selfish by making it mid, rather than late. But don't want to miss out on the fun!

    September 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    should we set a date for this one, seeing as we've got a full house. how about mid-late October?

    September 25, 2012

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