Monday, 7 December 2009

Herepai Hut

Yesterday we went on an all day tramp with the Palmerston North Tramping Club. It was a great day. The weather was actually perfect for tramping because it was really cloudy and not too hot. (This is really enjoyable while you are tramping, but when you get to the summit it is kind of a bummer for your camera shots, but it's a trade off - the views were still great in person.)
Almost to summit - You can see the lighter green area, this is where the car park is.

We were tramping around in the Tararua Forest and went up to Herepai Hut for lunch and then on up to summit and back down. (About a 7 hour trip, although we did stop for a few short breaks.) It was a challenging hike as there were several areas that were quite steep and there was a lot of mud and boggy areas, but overall the trek was definitely a great one - The majority of the trail is through the woods which is just lovely with all the large ferns and everything. (Although I will warn that this trek has a LOT of tree roots underfoot that become really slippery with all the mud and dampness. It's a great tramp, but you do really have to watch your footing to be safe.) I would highly recommend this hike, it was a good one.
Another view from halfway up.

After having lunch at the hut we decided to check out the summit. Once you leave the hut it starts to get into more brushy terrain and under all of that tussock it was quite boggy and hard to see where it would drop off into mud - needless to say we were quite dirty by the end! ha. - Definitely recommend wearing gators
You can see here what the area looks like above treeline.
Resting for a moment before finishing the last 30 min. of decent. (Sorry this picture is really blurry, I forgot to adjust it from landscape - my bad.)

We really enjoyed getting to know everyone from the Tramping Club. There were 8 of us that went and everyone was really nice. We had a great time with them and look forward to our next tramp. (I especially enjoyed going with a group because you can go at your own pace. I'm always killing myself trying to keep up with Travis - who likes to speed along - and this way I could go with some of the other trampers and just go a little slower. I also just enjoyed talking and getting to know the other folks.)
Of course the famous swinging bridges that are on nearly every hike in New Zealand - This one really got a good swing going too! ha....Not for the light-hearted....There are actually two swinging bridges on this trek.

So, that was our day yesterday. It was great getting out, and I definitely recommend the Palmerston North Tramping Club if you are in the area. If you aren't into group tramping, then check out the DOC office for information on this area, it's a great day trip, or you can spend the night at the hut and do some other tramping the next day.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. This place looks beautiful! New Zealand, eh? I would love to visit there!