Friday 04 September 2020, 17:00 To Sunday 06 September 2020
Kaituna Track and Mount Stephens
Leave Nelson Friday after work, stay 2 nights at Collingwood Holiday Park, which has a holiday home (sleeps 10), various cabins and tent sites (at own cost). We could have a shared potluck dinner or eat out.
Kaituna TrackCrossover, fit, 8-9 hrs, 21km, marked route, never done by Nelson Tramping Club, I think (nor myself).
"The track starts from Bainham near Collingwood and continues right through to Westhaven Inlet on the West Coast (8-9 hours). The route climbs over two ridges before reaching Knuckle Hill.
Beyond the Kaituna Forks, the track changes to a 'route' and is suitable only for experienced and fit trampers. At the forks there is a river crossing which is impassable in flood.
There are northern rātā, pukatea and rimu, nīkau palms, heketara, wineberry, kāmahi, and māhoe, many species of fern, orchid, fungi and perching plants, plus a wide range of birds: kererū, tūī, fantail, tomtit, robin, rifleman, silvereye and bellbird."
I got an email response from a Doc staffer in Takaka in late July regarding currrent track conditions:
" It is a 8-10 hr walk depending on your speed and usually walked west to east, but can be done either way. It requires a good level of fitness and does involve a steep descent/climb depending on which way you walk it. I walked it just before lock down and the track was in great shape and well-marked but it will now of course be a lot wetter (greasier) and the rivers and waterways will have a lot more water in them. The river crossing at Kaituna Forks can be problematic if there has been rain for a day or two."
If the river crossing is impossible, but the skies are clear, we'll climb Parapara Peak (1240m) instead, (8-9 hrs, fit),
or we'll walk Cape Farewell/Wharariki Beach/Puponga Hilltop/Kaihoka lakes loop, (medium) depending on weather.
Bad weather alternatives: Aorere Goldfields loop, Kaituna walk, Pupu Springs, Mussel Inn.
Mt Stephens, (1300m), 7hrs, route, 7km one way, return the same way, medium +/fit,
The route up on to Mt Stevens, 1300 m, the highest point in the Wakamarama Range provides wonderful views of the Aorere Valley, south to Gouland Downs and the West Coast.
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Spaces left for this event: 16
Registrations close 2020-09-01 00:00, Number Registered: 0 , Trip Capacity: 16, Waiting List Space: 4