lake stanley


Waingaro Forks Hut - Lake Stanley 30th May to 1st of June 2020

On Saturday morning 3 keen trampers arrived at Uruwhenua car park in Golden Bay at 9.15 and soon were walking up Kill Devils track to the ridge line about 900 m c. Beautiful weather and no wind made walking the undulating ridge, passing through open vegetation with good views at the Locket Range, a pleasure. Soon after the Riordans Hut turn off the track immersed into the bush and a lush green forest full of birdsong. Tuis, bell-birds, fantails, robins, just to name a few, were entertaining us all the way to the valley floor. Shortly before the hut a swing bridge leads over the narrow Waingaro Gorge with the most stunning views of waterfalls and black washed out rock. We had tents with us but were delighted to find the small but cute hut empty and Steve soon had a warming fire going in the open fire place. The hut book told about some interesting mouse stories, so we hang our packs up and prepared ourselves mentally for the nightly visitors. Luckily they must have had something else on as we didn't hear anything and only Steve's eating bowl, left on the table had 2 small holes. 

Sunday morning invited us with clear skies again and we were soon on our feet towards Lake Stanley. Easy going, tracks in great condition. Towards midday the sun reached us and made us forget that it was winter. Shortly before the lake we noticed the evidence of the 1920 earthquake and following slips. Beautiful Lake Stanley with still lots of tree trunks in the water lurked Jane and Steve into a dip. I wasn't brave enough.  `` Holy Mother, let's get out of here `` made sure I didn't regret it. We found the old hut site and walked along the shore for a while before returning the same way back to the hut. 

Monday morning was lightly overcast for our way back to the car park which took us 7 hours.

Jane Solly, Steve McGlone and Madeleine Rohrer (leader and scribe)