Kaimai Ranges - November 9-11, 2012

We only got lost the once, which was kind of nice. The fine weather 7.30 kick off was good and everyone was bristling to go. Then we burned our early start enthusiasm on some unnecessary k’s. Getting lost early gave us something to debate for the remainder of the trip. My learning point shall be to “not let anyone else read track signs on my behalf”.
Being a clear day and a narrow mountain range, there were good views to the East over Katikati, Tauranga Harbour, Matakana Island and the Mount Maunganui and to the West were Matamata, Morrinsville and Hamilton. The North- South ridge track was pretty cool and the climb up to it was ok.
ATC ran a cross over trip, our group of seven had a few laughs on Saturday night followed by a few ports and then a few more laughs. The lone hunter who shared the hut had little chance of an evening nap. We saw a few hunters on this trip. They were all young and inexperienced. Given the recent appalling hunter accidents I think maybe I should go higher viz to future similar locations.
A short walk out on Sunday and a dip on the warmish hot springs left our group smelling sweet in the truck. We were home in good time on Sunday which seemed to make the Kaimai’s a convenient mountain range. Good trip.
Thanks to our leader Terry and our driver Lee. My group was; Kathy Englebrect, Willy Williams, Carol Exton, Terry Chubb, Graeme Pollock, Rob Worley, and Dave Cray (scribe). (Photos from the other party)Looking south to MotutapereKay Wilcocks with Mt Te Aroha in the distance