Whakanui - 586 - McKerrow Track
Saturday 18 August 2007
Still having not quite decided exactly what we would do in the area, we were pleased to see Mike arriving at Woburn, thanks to another cancelled Mana Is trip, and it took little time to agree on the 586 route across Turere Stream.
Sunny Grove these days is a peaceful duck haven rather than noisy dog row, and so it was as we left the cars on this slightly overcast day. With various route entrances and places of note discussed on the way, we soon reached bump 586 for a late morning tea break. Following trappers’ markers we next worked our way down the interesting swings and variable gradients of this fern-carpeted ridge until we overlooked the stream right under us. It was a matter of choosing which log jam and shingle bank offered the most inviting spot for lunch. Having eaten, there was no great enthusiasm to stay long in the stream so Mike led up an extremely steep spur beside a large slip until we again joined a ribbon route on the west side. Some more pleasant going brought us out onto the muddy section of McKerrow Track and a rather cold breeze forced the parkas on again. Taking the little short cut down to the Whakanui Track again to cut off the corner junction was a new experience for some of us, before a gentle descent to the cars again.
- Party members
- Michael Bartlett (Guide), Michele Dickson (leader and writer), Diane Head, Christine Leighs, Beverley Middleton, Lynne Pomare, Helena Weller-Chew.