Pouakai Circuit - Wellington Anniversary Weekend

  • January 18, 2013 · 3:30 PM

Be in quick! There are already 4 of us but I think we could go with a group of 6 (one more car needed).

Details on the track: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/taranaki/taranaki/pouakai-circuit/

I've done this one before and it was STUNNING!!! It's an amazing park. Here my blog fom the last trip (sorry in German, but you might get the sense with the pictures) http://neuseeland.jaana.net/#post117

You will need to have decent tramping gear and have all your supplies, hut pass etc. sorted for a 2 days hike. The huts can't be pre booked - so we gotta be quick!

The current plan is to leave Wellington on Friday afternoon and then get as far as possible. Take your tent - we'll probably stay in some camp site. We'll then head to the track start on Saturday to stay in Pouakai hut (http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-region/taranaki/taranaki/pouakai-hut/) on Sat / Sun and walk out on Sunday. Take an easy drive back on Monday.

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  • Matt K.

    Just to confirm:
    - Are we away two nights or three?
    - I'm assuming we're all looking after ourselves dinner-wise?
    - So we're meeting at Patea? Asley or Fiona do you know where this is?

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    January 17, 2013

    • Jaana

      Yes, Patea. I didn't get a response from them - but we'll try. There is Patea Motorcamp : www.pateamotorcamp.com turn left where this weird big whale scelletton is and follow the road. If you are at the waterfront you are to far . That's how I remember it anyway...

      January 18, 2013

  • Matt K.

    I have a car, live in Wgtn and am not really working on Friday so can leave whenever.

    January 16, 2013

    • Ashley P.

      Haha I have to admit I am not sure which is better both are sweet as (NZ) and sweet ass (CND) lol See you 330 at BP?

      January 17, 2013

    • Ashley P.

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      January 17, 2013

  • Geoffrey

    Hi all,
    might be a bit late notice but is there still a spot left for this hike?
    And if yes does someone have room for one more passenger?
    I work in the CBD but could probably meet somewhere else if needed.
    Would not be a problem to get the gear, hut pass and all sorted by tomorrow so I am all go if I can squeeze in someone's car!

    January 17, 2013

    • Matt K.

      Hi Geoffrey - our car is now full (a friend of mine is coming along). Hopefully see you tmrw!

      January 17, 2013

    • Geoffrey

      Thanks Steve, that's great. Of course I'm happy to contribute to fuel and car use costs. I'll meet you tomorrow at Redwood station then. Cheers

      January 17, 2013

  • Ashley P.

    Hi guys- I live in Wellington city but I am ok working longer too. I dont have a car :( So I am a slave to whoever has a car :) I could always take the train somewhere. Matt do you have a car?

    January 16, 2013

  • Fiona

    RE transport - I work in the Hutt and am going to have a bit of a problem getting into Wellington from there unless I take my car and leave it somewhere en route (Kapiti coast might be the best bet). Unfortunately, I can't leave before 4pm, regardless, as I don't have any leave left. Any ideas? Where are you all coming from?

    January 16, 2013

  • Matt K.

    I don't have a strong preference for the options. all sound good. whichever one is more varied probably would be my vote.

    Without wanting to sound too useless (I'll save that revealation for the first hour of the tramp):
    - would you classify gators and waterproof boots as essential for this hike?
    - I didn't see anywhere on your link to buy the hut pass - what's the story with this?

    I'll bring a tent to pitch anyway -- the symphony of snoring in cabins is not my favourite lullaby.

    thanks

    January 15, 2013

    • Jaana

      Great - And I'll probably take a tent too - just in case huts are full. And totally agree on the snorers...

      January 16, 2013

    • Fiona

      I'm not sure you can camp at Pouakai Hut, if I remember correctly. Only at the lower one. However, there is flat place on the mound above it, which is a steep hike up, but has views over the mountain. Water would have to be taken up, though.

      January 16, 2013

  • Jaana

    Sorry everyone - I didn't get any notifications for all your replies! So - a few last things
    1. Hut passes - yes, you'll need them!
    2. Equipment and supplies - hope everyone got everything now?
    3. Meeting / driving: Steve and I are in Tawa. Anyone close by? Otherwise - can the 3 of you meet central and drive together? We can then just meet at the campsite? How about Patea? That's easy and on the way
    4. Way back - I'd actually prefer to get to a camp site with shower etc. on the way back. And not hike another hour 1/2. Thoughts? I can contact the Kai Iwi guys loosely - but also open for any other (semi) comfortable suggestions in the region. I diodn't plan to book anything. Maybe even Stratfort ... there is a campsite too in case we don't want to drive too far.

    January 16, 2013

  • Ashley P.

    Hi Matt

    Where your from? Just thought I would send you a link about the hike; have a good read on all aspects of the hike and here is my number if you want some info 0221300675. It will be about 5-7hr hikes each day with river crossings (so gators a bonus but hiking boots are key). There are often quite alot of roots generally. Hut tickets are at DOC office on manners. $15 a night so prob 6 tickets if we stay in 2 huts.

    http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/taranaki/taranaki/pouakai-circuit/

    January 15, 2013

    • Matt K.

      I'm guessing my cluelessness is making you think I'm a recent arrival? Alas I can't attribute it to this, as I'm from Wgtn. Cheers for info. Does 6 tickets equate to 2 nights?

      January 16, 2013

    • Ashley P.

      haha I sorry its cuz you called it a cabin :) Yeah 6 tickets= 2 nights

      January 16, 2013

  • Ashley P.

    Hey who is all driving again and where are we meeting (whoops a bit behind). Can i get a lift from some lonely person and where will we meet. Train station?

    January 15, 2013

  • Ashley P.

    How about the Makatawa hut everyone? 1.5 hours from the car park and it would mean another night on the mountain! Just a wee bit longer of a hike at the end of the day.

    January 15, 2013

  • Jaana

    Hey Matt - great to have you on board. And I think your car will be much appreciated since Fiona's is more of a 2 seater. And we can even talk about native trees and birds - haha!

    Plan for Sunday goes as far as walking out and then finding accomodation somewhere to do something easy on Monday and not to drive back too late... Hmmm... I should work on that bit...

    Getting there ... What do you guys think of spending Friday night at Kai Iwi Beach (I always wanted to go there and haven't managed to yet). There is a camp site - Showers etc before a 2 days hile might be nice. http://www.campmowhanau.co.nz/index.htm If it's good we could even go back on Sunday evening and explore the area before driving back towards Wellington??? Thoughts?

    January 14, 2013

    • Jaana

      Oh - the other option would be Patea. There is a cheap camp site. I've satyed there last time on the way to do the circuit. Not a fancy one, but does the job.

      January 14, 2013

  • Ashley P.

    Hello all just looking at the itinerary. So Sat night at Pouaki then walk out Sunday. Whats are the plans for Sunday night or are we driving back Sunday after the hike or staying somewhere else?

    January 13, 2013

  • Jaana

    Thanks for you message, Keith! If you've got a car too that'll be great. Let's organise next week when we actually leave, where to stay Friday night etc. I suggest we leave individually with the 2 cars. My aim is to leave Wellington as early as possible after work to avoid traffic and also take time driving.

    January 10, 2013

  • Jaana

    Welcome Keith and Ashley :) Does one of you have a car by any chance? We'll need one more to drive up! And a tent would be good too. Worst case if the track is full and we can't go we'll turn it into a camping weekend and do day hikes somewhere. Will be spontaneous ....

    January 7, 2013

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