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Kapakapanui from Otaki Forks & Waiotauru Hut (Experience required, off-track)
Walk old logging tracks, see tops views, go off-track, visit two character huts and walk a bit of Te Araroa on this long overnighter from Otaki Forks. What we'll do ************** Take a look at the route photo, attached. On Sat we'll start from Otaki Forks. 3.5hrs to Waiotauru Hut for lunch (4x4ish, old-logging type track?). From here we'll climb NW 800 vertical metres(!), up the ridge and over to the 1094peak N of Kapakapanui (3hrs or so). We'll spend the night at 6bunk Kapakapanui Hut, days effort about 7-8hrs. On Sunday we'll follow an unmarked route from Kapakapanui Hut to the Pukeatua Track (part of Te Araroa), 1.5hr. From here it's a 5hr walk back to Otaki forks (6.5hrs). Experience ************ This trip has sections that are unmarked and require bush bashing, scrambling, river crossing, wet feet, cuts, maps, compasses and mud. Please only sign up if you're keen, comfortable and capable with that kind of thing, and OK with the potential of back-tracking etc. Your safety ************ Your safety is your responsibility. It's winter - only commit if you're OK with doing considerably more hours than estimated, including an emergency night out. What to bring *************** Everything you need to be safe and comfortable, hut-less, in winter. Kapakapanui requires 1x blue hut ticket. Some light reading ********************* Route guides around the area http://www.routeguides.co.nz/routes/844 Topo: https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-40.918539,175.196829&z=14 Huts: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/tararua-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/waiotauru-hut/ https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/tararua-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/kapakapanui-hut/ Bad weather option ********************** If the weather is hideous, might go to Waitewaewae.

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This group is all about hiking and tramping and exploring Wellington Region and further afield. We cover everything from a few hours over day and weekend tramps and welcome experienced trampers to organise and guide. Sometimes we even go for a Sunday afternoon Stroll along the coast - but that's the exception.

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