This article was first published in the Tararua Tramper in May 1998
McKerrow Stream - Large Rata - Turere Stream
12 October 1997
This was a trip with something for everyone. Trampers old and new enjoyed the Graces Stream track, and the pleasant little-used Old Five Mile Track to McKerrow Stream. Navigators honed their skills up the spur over spot height 257, then put them to a demanding test while descending an often ill-defined spur to lovely Turere Stream. Botanists noted the beech trees near Graces Stream banded to keep possums away from mistletoes; admired the large hard beech near McKerrow Stream; gazed in awe at the 3.1 metre diameter northern rata near the start of our descent to Turere Stream; delighted in the big glossy, aromatic leaves of the uncommon tree, raukawa, on the stream's banks; and cursed the invading buddleia in its lower reaches.
We took six and a quarter hours from start to finish including about one and a quarter hours of breaks, so as medium grade trips go, it was not long, but the 300 metre descent to Turere Stream from near spot height 417 on the McKerrow-Jacobs Ladder track requires a combination of careful compass work, sharp eyes, and an element of luck.
- Tony Balcombe, Nick Campion, Sally Chesterfield, Sue Cuthbertson, Anita Famularo, John Hart, Chris Horne (leader/scribe)), Stuart Hudson, Rolf Kluger, Anna Legge, Jenny Lewis, Kate Morgan, Richard Morgan, Anne Morrison, Ken Mosley, Lars Overgaard, Lisa Tinkley. (12 members, 7 non-members).