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Hut bagging in the Gwavas Forest Hawkes Bay. Stay overnight at Ellis which is the oldest hut in the area built 1884. It has recently been done up and is really dry and cosy. This trip involves crossing the Makaroro River so the trip will be postponed in flood conditions. After that it is all on forest roads. Definitely walking shoes, no heavy boots. Feel free to come along to Ellis hut and have an easy trip. Tin hut is just up the road. Brien hut is quite some way along, join me if you want, turn back early if it's too far. You will need an over night pack, sleeping bag, walking shoes, light rain coat, food and water, personal effects, emergency blanket, whistle, torch, (poly, fleece or wool) walking clothes, spare clothes, hat and gloves, stove and fuel, meds and small first aid kit. No cotton clothes. I have spare of everything so if you are new and need extra support then let me know in advance and I can help out. Meeting point is Waikanae Railway Stn where you get the train to then I can offer up to 4 people a lift.
We've done it before, let's do it again - currently all spaces in powell hut (32 bunks) are available - lets try book it out! http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/wairarapa/wairarapa/mt-holdsworth-jumbo-circuit/ One of the Wellington area classic weekend hikes – a must do! Time: 12 hr (very steep please read the description on the DOC website.), 4 hour day and 8 hour day involving steep climbs and tops travel, approx 1200m elevation gain. Distance: 24 km Difficulty: You need to have good fitness for this - be able to walk for a full day with a pack. The plan is for a 2 day weekend trip leaving Wellington on Saturday morning and driving to the Holdsworth carpark (near Masterton) which will take approximately 1.5hrs. Walk to Powell Hut on Saturday which takes about 4 hours or 8 hours (depending on direction) and then do the rest of the walk on day 2 which will take either 4 or 8 hours. Direction TBC the week of depending on weather. If the weather is poor we can still get to the hut and return the same way (no tops travel). Huts on this track are bookable so you need to book Powell hut for the Saturday night ($15 or free with a backcountry pass). Please confirm once you have booked the hut by liking my msg (15/08) in the comments so I know you're committed. https://booking.doc.govt.nz/Menu.aspx?sg=MHJ Be prepared for cold windy wet weather as it can get nasty on the tops. A shared meal worked well last time so those interested can participate again. Please indicate interest in RSVP Things to bring include: Tramping boots/strong hiking shoes (no sneakers), plenty of warm layers(beanie,gloves), warm sleeping bag, waterproofs, plenty to eat (1x breakfast, 1x dinner (if not in for shared meal), 2x lunch and high energy snacks), 1.5L+ water, plates / utensils, cooking pot (hut has gas stoves), head torch, toilet paper, first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, walking poles and PLB if you have these. Bring something to drink if you wish and any (light, portable) games are encouraged. http://www.trampingnz.com/info-gear-list for a comprehensive list. Transport to be arranged nearer the time. Please ensure you answer the RSVP questions so transport and a shared dinner can be coordinated. Remember Koha for your driver's. 7am start time will be leaving Wellington railway station unless arranged otherwise. we'll be at the car park ready to start walking at 8.30am. 🚩 Etiquette: 👍 Answer all RSVP questions whether you are on the waiting list or not. 👍 Study the description and meeting points. Preparation is paramount for an incident-free trip. 👍 be confident you have the required fitness and capabilities before RSVP-ing, any questions please ask :). 👍 Drivers especially need to know where to go beforehand, otherwise arriving at the wrong place, can inconvenience the whole group. 👍 Be considerate by keeping your RSVP up to date at all times, and do not pull out a few days, before the trip begins, otherwise, you will block someone who may want to join. 👍 Please be contactable, to others. If organizers need to, or your passenger/driver needs to make arrangements, etc, then make sure private messaging (via meetup) is not blocked, your cell phone is turned on, and text messages are regularly checked. 👍 Pay your driver. 👍 Please DO NOT RSVP if you are going to join the hike late, or leave early. It just makes things complicated and difficult to organize. 👍 Keep together in groups while walking. Thanks 😊 🚩 Transport and Carpooling: 💰 Passengers need to give koha to the driver to cover fuel and vehicle running costs 🚩 RSVP Questions: You will need to answer all the questions ❌❗ Important: You can change your answers at any time by clicking on the RSVP button. Please make sure you answer all the RSVP questions, otherwise, your RSVP will be changed to “Not going” Look forward to meeting & walking with you! 🚩 Questions? Post in the comments box below 😊
This is a five day five night tramp for experienced well equipped trampers. There will be two days travel time and a bad weather day so plan for at least eight days away. For those new to Stewart Island I recommend you spend a rest day in Oban looking around as it is very interesting so take nine or ten days off and really enjoy yourselves. We will water taxi $70 pp from Oban to Freshwater hut and head clockwise along the southern circuit. Freds Camp 5 hrs 10km, to Rakeahua 5 hrs 12km, to Doughboy bay 8hrs 16km, to Mason Bay 6hrs 18km, to Freshwater Hut 4hrs 16km and the water taxi. For those who feel fit and strong then walk on to North Arm hut a further 6hrs 11km. Then water taxi from there, or walk to Oban the next day. Hut tickets or annual hut DOC pass required. Huts all the way but this is a popular time of the year so there could be quite a few people on the track. Please plan early to get domestic flights at the right time. I also plan to fly from Invercargill to Oban and return. Others may choose to take the ferry.