From Friday 19 February 2021 To Sunday 21 February 2021
Kaituna Track and Mount Stephens
This is Version 2 of the weekend we had last September, when we had to alter the programme, due to rain and storm.
We leave Nelson Friday after work (or some cars might leave around lunchtime?), stay 2 nights at Golden Bay Holiday Park in Parapara, right on the beach (north of Onekaka, near Mussle Inn). There are various sizes of cabins plus tent sites (at own cost) https://www.goldenbayholidaypark.co.nz
We could have a shared potluck dinner or eat in Takaka on the way up.
Kaituna TrackCrossover, fit, 8-9 hrs, 21km, marked route, never done by Nelson Tramping Club, I think.
"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."
If the river crossing is impossible, but the skies are clear, we'll climb Parapara Peak (1240m) instead, (8-9 hrs, fit),
or (if too cloudy) 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.
Either way, I'd suggest dinner at the Mussel Inn afterwards!
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.
It's 28km from Collingwood
Drive home Sunday evening. (Or stay another night if you dont have to work on Monday)
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