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Welcome friends old and new for a short tramp with two nights camping at Tutuwai flats - the plan is to have plenty of time to relax, chat, play games, read books, swim, practice yoga, even do more walking while adsorbing the simple outdoor lifestyle - make the most of summer and get out of welly for the long weekend!!!
This is weather dependant - I'm going to open up RSVPs on Wednesday night - so feel free to comment if your interested in coming. Numbers will be dependent on car pooling availability. Its also possible to come out on Saturday morning and make your own way to the hut.
Friday night drive to Waiohine gorge campsite, stop for takeaways on the way and car camping. (campsite = $8 per night -cash only)
Saturday morning walk to Cone hut for a tea break (2.5 hours)
Continue to Tutuwai hut (1 hour)
The remainder of the day free for activities
Sunday day walk or relax at the campsite and chill out.
Monday walk back to the cars (perhaps via the centre of NZ - https://wairarapanz.com/see-and-do/centre-new-zealand-walk)
What you need
Full overnight tramping kit (and overnight sleeping option). Please have a chat if you're unsure about your gear for a trip like this. I suggest you bring a tent but the hut is available - it just could be full on a holiday weekend though.
3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x dinner and snacks
Let’s walk a section of New Zealand’s Long Pathway - Te Araroa trail which runs the length of the country. We will walk a sturdy single trail from Ohariu Valley Road to the cusp of Colonial Knob and loop round back to the cars via Spicer Forest Reserve/ Ohariu Skyline Walkway. This is anticipated to take about 3 hours.
**This walk is a taster of a longer walk along the trail scheduled for a later date**
Te Araroa Walkway is a well-constructed single track that runs from the end of Ohariu Valley Road towards the summit of Colonial Knob. This intermediate level trail is designed for both bikers and walkers. It weaves its way through regenerating native bush and exotic forestry, and can be steep and exposed in places.
The trail starts from a small gravel car park at the very end of Ohariu Valley Road. It is clearly signposted. The trail ends at the southern end of Seven Pines, on farmland immediately below the summit of Colonial Knob. We will pass the summit and loop round back down to the cars via the Ohariu Skyline Walkway
There is no public transport to the end of Ohariu Valley Road. You will need a car to reach the start of the trail.
There are no toilets or water available along this trail. Bring a flask with a hot drink, we can enjoy the views at the end, picnic style.
put aside 3 hours for this walk so we can enjoy the trail and all the beauty of the terrain.
Let’s enjoy a shared dinner and overnight stay on Wellington’s Matiu/Somes island after work on Friday, waking up to breakfast, a walk around the island and a ferry back to the mainland.
From the dining room table at Education House, we’ll be able to see the sun set behind the twinkling city lights. Take a walk in the dark to see and hear the special Penguin population come ashore. There’s enough beds for 12, and if one or two of you are keen to camp, we can squeeze you in around the table too. You’ll need to sort out your camp space on Somes but please wait until you’re confirmed on the going list first.
We’ll sort out food and ferry arrangements at the appropriate time.
As this is a Bushcraft event, we will have a bush well-being component to blow away any lingering life stresses about who is and isn’t winning the rugby.
Cost per person $22.10 for the bed, return ferry $25 and there’ll either be food items or $ contribution too.
If your plans change you can sell your bed and ferry space on to a waitlister.