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This article was first published in the Tararua Tramper in December 1999

Kaitoke Waterworks - Bump 583 - Warren Hobbs Memorial - Hutt Forks - Phillips Stream - Bump 592

Saturday 28 August 1999

Eight club members and an Australian bush walker set off from the Kaitoke Waterworks upper carpark, up Norbert's Creek. We passed through pleasant bush and then a miniature gorge. Above the gorge we climbed up a long spur on the true right, to reach the top ridge and travelled along that ridge to Bump 583. Beyond that bump the ridge curved round until it was heading in a southerly direction, which took it over a series of small bumps to Warren's Saddle. The party proceeded round to the saddle where there is a memorial plaque to Warren Hobbs, a Kaumatua Club member who died there of a heart attack in 1987.

The party then turned round and went back north along the ridge to a point where a spur ran directly down to Hutt Forks and we went down the spur. A steep descent at the bottom took us almost down to water level where we had a close-up view of the meeting of the waters from a point immediately downstream from the junction. Lighting effects on the water appealed to our photographers and the party members were tolerant in allowing themselves to be positioned to suit photographic composition.

After lunch we crossed the tributary stream on the eastern side of our descent spur which junctioned almost with the forks and then climbed up the spur on the other side of the tributary. This led us onto the 4-wheel drive access road which some trampers nostalgically call "The Golden Road". We descended the road into the valley of Phillips Stream and travelled upstream on the true left until we crossed the first tributary. We then turned uphill and started a long climb up to Bump 592. A point of interest on the first part of this climb was an old illegal hut hidden in the bush.

Finally having reached Bump 592 we set off in a westerly direction through bush and scrub to reach the highest part of the Golden Road. This required a certain amount of dodging around to find the least obstructed route. We set off south along the Golden Road, but only 200 metres further along we dropped off down a steep track which gave us an excellent route back to our starting point, sidling fairly high to by-pass the small gorge that we had come through in the morning.

The whole party had had a very enjoyable trip in perfect weather and visibility conditions and stretches of magnificent bush. The route had been suggested by Peter Jagger who has done a fair amount of exploration work in the area.

Party members: Bill Allcock, Michael Bartlett, Rhonda Billington, Helen Beaglehole, Radek Cerny (from Australia), Colin Cook, Peter Jagger, Dave Reynolds, Gordon McKenzie (leader and scribe).

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