Joe in the Eastern Haurangis
I got the gate key from June Koers [of Ngapotiki Station], and camped at Waiarakeke Stream mouth.
Depart 7am, easily up Waiarakeke Stream, followed (as close as possible) to the third branch of the 4 stream branches (‘reading’ south from Mt. Barton), and popped out onto the tops ~500m S of Pt. 800m. Surprised a fine-looking stag, and thereafter a hind. Sidled down to Frog Tarn for smoko, travel time <2hrs 15mins.
Thence, Pt. 800m > Mt.Barton > Pt. 906m > to ‘Coxes Hut’ (~800m) for early lunch (or 2nd hobbit smoko ...).
Doubled-back to Pt. 906m, and down its long NNE spur to vicinity of Pt. 159m, in Whawanui River headwaters. An ancient cut, permolated track through the middle scrubby "third" of the spur, and the bottom third included variously, a pink taped route, as well as blue-triangle VUW research line of some sort.
Reached ‘Waldruhe Hut’ (200m N of Pt. 159m, & 200m within the Haurangi FP boundary). Noted little use in the hut logbook apart from Victoria research people & the odd hunter - no tramping parties. Easy travel down (the bone dry!) Whawanui River, turning right up the stream/terraces immediately downstream of Pt. 146m (taking reasonable care to remain just inside the Forest Park - easy to do) until I reached the Whawanui discreet ‘Hunters Hut’ tucked on its spur. Then was lured into following the pleasant, easy 4x4 track through kanuka forest (1 hind, 1 fawn encountered) back down initially through White Rock station, then across onto Ngapotiki Station, back down to my car by 5pm.
Five huts (including two private ones near Waiarakeke Stream mouth), 4 deer in total, in surprising, unexpected country. With permission from Ngapotiki, Homeburn (the owners of ‘Waldruhe Hut’, even though the hut's within the Forest Park), and White Rock stations, this area has plenty of adventure and is quite ‘different’.
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