Day Trip - Sunday 29 July 2012

The Metservice forecast for the day said 'showers to heavy rain and strong north easterlies' but this was not enough to deter a great turnout of 29 trampers to do this three part tramp at Little Huia.

In the Caves

First up was Jackie Peak over private farmland involving a climb of 148 metres. On a fine day the views from the top are quite magnificent both over the Manukau Harbour and the Heads and also inland looking northward and also east to Huia. This peak was apparently named after John Wade who with his Maori wife Marama farmed the area in the mid 1850's.

We ascended via the open farmland and descended via a track that took us most of the way back down to the gate opening on to Whatipu Road. This took around an hour to complete before we then embarked on the second part of the trip.This went up along an unofficial 'track' of sorts towards the Drum ( 292 metres ).It is becoming quite overgrown in parts and there was one section that necessitated quite a bit of scouting around to pick up the trail again. The second half of the ascent is very steep and it took us around an hour an a half before we reached the summit for a quick look around before dropping down a few metres to have lunch under the protection of the overhanging bush.

After lunch another 'track' took us out to intersect with Fletcher track, but not before encountering another section requiring more scouting around to again pick up the trail. Down then along Fletcher track heading eastward for about 20 minutes before going essentially off track again to find the Maori Caves.


We found these without the need to do more scouting around and we then took the opportunity to have a group photo taken while standing under the rocky overhang that typifies these caves. After time here, a short tramp downhill took us through bush before exiting over farmland with the disused Project K confidence course on it. Total tramp time was around five hours.

Our combined group of 29 trampers was made up of 15 who came via the ATC club bus,9 Manukau Tramping Club members, 3 who came by car, one park ranger and one local resident who lived just a short distance up the road from Jackie Peak.

Although we were a bit buffeted around on the Jackie Peak section the remainder was generally quite sheltered with the bush overhang. The real rain held off until we were arriving back at the bus so for those that may have been put of from coming because of the weather forecast you missed out on an interesting tramp with a difference.

Leader/Scribe: Ian W Morris