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Mt Damper / Waitaanga Forest


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Friday 13 March 2020

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Duration: Friday 13 March 2020 to Sunday 15 March 2020 (3 days)
Details: Explore some remote native forests in the North Taranaki backblocks, with a few waterfalls thrown in for good measure
Easy: Saturday: From the bus walk there and back to view Mt Damper Falls, at 74m one of the highest in the North Island. 45 minutes return. The bus will then drive to the start of the Rerekapa Track in the Moki Forest. Walk in past the picturesque Rerekapa Falls (10m) to stay in Rerekapa Hut 2-3 hours. Time to explore the track continuation in the forest over a low saddle.
Sunday: return down the Rerekapa Track past the falls to the bus. If it has rained overnight, check out the Damper Falls again !
Leader: Keith Ayton Ph 630 7010 / 027 320 0102
Medium Fit: Saturday: from the bus take the track past the Damper Falls through the Waitaanga Forest to Te Rerepahupahu Falls. While the track is marked, expect treefalls and some points where the track is hard to follow. A variety of mature trees, including kamahi, totara, rata and rimu. Mt Damper (528m) is reached after 2.5 hrs. The track continues along the ridge, finally dropping down to the Waitaanga valley and the Waitaanga Track junction, from where it is not too long to the side track to the Falls, where there is some space to camp 8-9 hours.
Sunday: return to the Waitaanga Track and continue on north through the forest over a ridge then following the Waitaanga Stream again to Waitaanga South Road. 4-5 hours.
Leader: Tony Walton Ph 027 478 5223
Transport: Club Bus   Driver: Keith Ayton, Marilyn Best
Transport Cost: $65 members, $82 non-members
Accommodation Cost: For the Easy party, add $10 for Rerekapa Hut. It is managed as a private hut by the Rerekapa Hut Supporters society.
Destination: Carpark at start of Mt Damper Falls Walk, Okau Rd
Departure: Friday 7.00pm, Club Garage, 31 Sandringham Road
Maps: Topo50 BH31 Whangamomona, BG32 Ohura, BH32 Tokirima

Trip NÂș 1805

Please quote: Weekend + [your name] + 1805 with on-line payments.


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