|New Zealand is a beautiful country and offers some tremendous tramping. Look at these
photos and see for yourself. The links below will take you to an index of the photos for that trip. Clicking on the
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At the south end of the Richmond Ranges the The Red Hills
is an interesting area with it's red rocks and sparse vegetation. Starting from St Arnaud we went to Red Hills Hut, Porters Hut and Hunters Hut before exiting via Inwood Lookout We spent an extra day at Porters Hut and climbed up towards Red Hill - February 2012.
Starting at the Lewis Pass we walked in to Ada Pass Hut. The valley directly north of the hut leads up to Three Tarn Pass
and gives access to the west branch of the Matakitaki river. The Matakitaki valley was new territory for us and we enjoyed the trip over the pass and out down to Bob's Hut. From there down to the road end near Matakitaki station was not quite so interesting - February 2012.
This was a short trip on a good track up to Mole Saddle
and an overnight in Mole hut. The hut is in a nice location just below the bushline. We took the ridge track on the way up and followed the stream down on the way back - February 2012.
This trip was in the Lewis Pass area. Good tracks and huts make this a pleasant trip. We walked up the Nina Valley in the rain and dried out in the newish Nina Hut. Next day we weather has improved and we climbed up to Devilskin Saddle.
A new two bunk bivvy on the pass was a good place for a cuppa before heading down to the Doubtful Valley. The old Doubtful Hut is just about passed it use by date and the sandflies were thick so we pitched the tent for the night before going out to the Boyle River the next day. - Feb 2012.
While camped at Deer Flat in the Lewis Pass we went for a day trip up
to Travers Peak. This is a good track which gives easy access to the tops and good views above the bushline. We were intrigued by the number of obvious fault lines we crossed as we followed the track up through the bush - February 2012.
With the weather unsettled we decided to fill in time and do the
Abel Tasman Track
Road access to Totaranui was still out so we took the ferry up to Totaranui and set up our tent. We had a whole bay in the campsite to ourselves. With only 12 people staying in the camp that can hold about 1000 people it was very quiet and peaceful. We did a day trip up to Separation Point before setting out on the rest of the track the next day - March 2012.
The track into
branches of the Wangapeka valley and is a well graded following an old gold mining pack track. Kiwi Saddle hut is a traditional 6 bunk Forest Service hut which has been relocated from the adjacent Taylor Stream. The next day we went onto the Luna Tops and the following day to the saddle below Mt Patriarch. Both had great views. We then went down to Kings Creek Hut for the night before going out the Wangapeka next morning - March 2012.