Historic Rock Bivvy, Hohonu Range
This snap shows a man made rock wall at the bivvy. I've displayed a few of the many relics found about the place on the wall for the photo. Research tells that the bivvy was first used in the 1890's by graziers who grazed sheep on the native tussock and plants above the bushline during the summer seasons from about 1891 thru to the early 1900's. After this the bivvy was used by the Geological Survey and it appears on their 1906 map as "Cave Rock". Hunters have used the bivvy over the years but in 2017 I suspect that I was the first human to sleep in the bivvy for a long time. (Chamois had laid claim to the place and the old wooden bunk platform and table were decayed and unusable)
This bivvy is located in the head of Smart Creek. Most trampers should allow a day to walk in to the bivvy via Mt Smart. It is approx a 45 minute walk down to the bivvy from the major ridge lines north or south of the bivvy. (longer if you don't nail your route finding through scrub & small bluffs)
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