This article was first published in The Tararua Tramper in June 1997
Climie No.1 - Mid Climie Creek - Pakuratahi - Redington Spur
23 November 1996
On a fine morning which deserved more support, there were only four of us - Dave, Teri, Syd and me.
The Regional Council gate opener was 15 minutes late as usual - has he ever been on time in recent years? Consequently, it was after 8.30am when we left Tunnel Gully's carpark on foot. We made our way up the steep road to short of North Climie for our route east in the forest.
Towards 828m bump we were immediately into dripping vegetation after heavy overnight rain. Then along to the second saddle to look for our spur - south of east - towards Mid Climie Creek. A couple of minor spurs ran out, so we realised we should be more south for the proper one. Once on that, it was a steady descent to the creek. A pleasant, early lunch spot on the near-white creek boulders.
Then a pleasant meander down the open creek bed - apart from two huge log-jams and a small gorge - before reaching the greenish Pakuratahi River. This confluence was at about 330m (1080ft).
At 1.20pm we began our return by latching on to the prominent eastern arm of the long Redington Spur. Dave and Teri now did the route-finding. At bump 631m a clearing allowed us to look across and identify the morning's descent. Higher up, when we joined the other prominent side-spur of Redington, there was dracophyllum scrub. We sidled below most of this in the forest.
At a rocky clearing about the 800m (2620ft) mark, we had left the tall timber behind. Syd pointed out the new wind turbines south of Martinborough. The two minor saddles up to Climie No. 2 were full of scrub and meant heavy going. The cool north-westerly was certainly felt on these semi-open sections.
Once on the road we relaxed for a slowish descent to the carpark, to arrive at 6.15pm. We all had enjoyed the varied terrain and challenges, with much co-operation and joking from the party.
- Members were
- Dave Reynolds, Teri Goh, Syd Moore and Peter Jagger.