Weekend Trip - Saturday 9 February 2019 to Sunday 10 February 2019 (2 days)

This weekend is the third of its kind where we go away for 2 days to do 2 day tramps and spend the night at a campsite with full facilities. The idea was that with the almost complete closure of the Waitakere for suitable day tramps we would have to go farther afield, this meant more travel, so we decided to do two consecutive days to compensate.

This proved a wonderful and fulfilling weekend although numbers were less than anticipated, meaning the five of us travelled out in two cars instead of using the bus. The first day we followed the plan as set out, starting out together in Thames, following the Karaka trail north till it joined the Waiotahi track, which the two who choose to do the medium walk used to returned to Thames. The Karaka trail was a nice gentle incline up with excellent views of the Coromandel. Three of us continued on up to and past the Crosbie hut and onto the Te Puru track, which we followed down to Te Puru. We had some great views and past one of the best specimens of Kauri around. All in all, including the walk down the river involving not just wet boots but soaked shorts as well, it took over 8 hours. The weather was warm and we felt thoroughly worked out.

In the evening most of us enjoyed a well earned meal and drink in Thames.

The next day the three keenest each reluctantly offered not to do the somewhat longer walk over to the Kauaeranga valley out of concern for the others, so we decided to all do a walk together from Tapu Coroglen Rd, back to Te Puru, coming down the Waiomu track through the Kauri grove. The latter like the Te Puru track it seems to go down steeply for ever, but we all made it back in good spirits and suffered the bright warm sunshine outside the Te Puru cafe while the cars were brought back.

Russell Allen