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Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017)

Excursion to Kauritatahi

Excursion to Kauritatahi

Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I ...   More ▶︎
Quite a crowd at Kauritatahi Hut

Quite a crowd at Kauritatahi Hut

There were eight people at the hut at on Saturday night. Here we all are on the deck looking at ...   More ▶︎
Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut

Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut

A weekend trip up to Kauritatahi Hut from Aongatete Lodge. We had low cloud the entire time so didn't get ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from Thompson's Track

Kauritatahi Hut from Thompson's Track

This is the route we took up Thompson's Track to the Kauritatahi Hut, with a detour on the second day ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut with new deck

Kauritatahi Hut with new deck

The new deck is a great addition to this neat hut.   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut is not marked on the map. It is on a part of the old North-South track that is ...   More ▶︎
View over Thompsons Track from Main Range to Ngatamahinerua

View over Thompsons Track from Main Range to Ngatamahinerua

North-South track shown is actually the other side of main ridge, obscured. Note the saddle between main plateau (left) and ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut has recently had some improvements done to it by the local branch of NZDA   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut has a wonderful view out over Katikati and is reputed to put on a great sunrise. Unfortunately it ...   More ▶︎
A New Zealand Backcountry Hut

A New Zealand Backcountry Hut

There isn't anything quite the same in the whole planet as staying a night in a New Zealand backcountry hut   More ▶︎
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track

Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track

From a very muddy Thompson's Track to an rough North South Track, this can't be described as the greatest of ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut Doorway

Kauritatahi Hut Doorway

Let's keep this corner of NZ tidy!   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from North

Kauritatahi Hut from North

3 Bunks and a cool pull-down hammock...with more foam mattresses = enough for six bodies.   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from South

Kauritatahi Hut from South

Updated in 2009 by DOC & NZDA, this 4-bunker has a new lease of life and is becoming increasingly popular.   More ▶︎

Kaimais

Thompsons Track to Kauritatahi Hut with visit to DC3 crash site   More ▶︎
Kaimai's

Kaimai's

Five Acre / Big Swamp   More ▶︎
Temptation

Temptation

A hot day, deep clean clear water lightly dappled by the shady surrounding bush. Theres much to do in the ...   More ▶︎
The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

It was mostly a fogged up lens but it adds a bit to the atmosphere of this very special place.   More ▶︎
ZK-AYZ

ZK-AYZ

This wing in the gully makes a sobering sight   More ▶︎
The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

It was mostly a fogged up lens but it adds a bit to the atmosphere of this very special place.   More ▶︎

Kaimai Traverse

Kaimai North-South track - 107km from Lower Kaimai through to Paeroa. Followed the new route up the Wharawhara valley instead ...   More ▶︎
Junction now well marked

Junction now well marked

It used to be tricky to find the place where the old north-south track leaves the new, but someone has ...   More ▶︎
A Nice Little Clearing in the Kaimais

A Nice Little Clearing in the Kaimais

This spot makes a great camp site. Water is a little walk away but apart from that, it is wonderful. ...   More ▶︎
Routes to Puketutu Hut

Routes to Puketutu Hut

Three routes to Puketutu Hut. The Upland Rd one is as described by Ledge. The second is the route we ...   More ▶︎
Thompson's Track a muddy hell hole

Thompson's Track a muddy hell hole

Not the best tramping   More ▶︎
Mt Eliza Mine

Mt Eliza Mine

Eliza Mine shaft is located on the steep eastern slopes of Mt Eliza (581m), 50m off the main track. Several ...   More ▶︎
Fungus?

Fungus?

Amazing what you have time to do while recovering from a 15 metre slide down a bank   More ▶︎
Mt Eliza Summit

Mt Eliza Summit

Looking North from Mt Eliza summit to Sentinel Rock   More ▶︎

Kaimai North-South (Karangahake to Thompsons Track)

The northern half of the Kaimai North-South track, and my first GPX file uploaded here.   More ▶︎
Animal skull gravestone

Animal skull gravestone

This grave marks the junction of the old Puketutu Track.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut interior with sparkling lights of city far below...

Puketutu Hut interior with sparkling lights of city far below...

Kept tidy by the Maori Trustees and conscientious hunters.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut from north

Puketutu Hut from north

Visitor log was started back in 1997.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut by day

Puketutu Hut by day

A rustic, hunter's hut on an overgrown ridge track.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut (Pvte). Route Info 2009

Puketutu Hut (Pvte). Route Info 2009

Detailed route guide to Puketutu Hut walking from Uplands Rd, near Katikati.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut at night

Puketutu Hut at night

aka the Kaimai Hilton   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut

Puketutu Hut

An older 3 bunk hut on the Old Kaimais North - South Track up on the Kaimai Range.   More ▶︎
Puketutu View

Puketutu View

The morning view from the Puketutu Hut looking east over Tauranga.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut

Puketutu Hut

One of the old North - South Track Huts. This is a great little hut sitting on the top of ...   More ▶︎
Camping near Puketutu Hut

Camping near Puketutu Hut

It was a little cold but preferable to the rats in Puketutu Hut   More ▶︎
Looking back towards Tauranga

Looking back towards Tauranga

Great views from the top of the range. This is looking east towards Tauranga   More ▶︎
Puketutu Track

Puketutu Track

This track connects the Old and New North - South Tracks in the Kaimai - Mamaku Forest Park. The track ...   More ▶︎
An old stile

An old stile

This is all that marks the beginning of the direct track to Puketutu Hut. You need to cross farmland to ...   More ▶︎
Sentinel Rock

Sentinel Rock

Telephoto view from the grassy knolls en route to Motutapere Hut. DOC don't want people actually climbing this monolith!   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut Route Info - February, 2009

Motutapere Hut Route Info - February, 2009

Motutapere Hut is one of the Five Forgotten Huts in the Kaimai Ranges. Here's how to get there from the ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere hut refurbished

Motutapere hut refurbished

Recently reclad with a bunk and a porch added   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut is situated in a pleasant clearing on the lower slopes of Mt Motutapere, with a view out to ...   More ▶︎
View to Motutapere and Sentinel Rock

View to Motutapere and Sentinel Rock

Mountains photographed from the hills further north of Thompsons Track. Motutapere Hut is over the ridge between Motutapere and Mt ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut is one of the Forgotten Five hunters huts in the Kaimai Ranges. No longer forgotten and recently renovated including ...   More ▶︎
Kamais Ladders

Kamais Ladders

Between the Tauhu track and Motutapere hut not quite the Tararua peaks but interesting enough climb over the volcanic plugs   More ▶︎
ladder over volcanic

ladder over volcanic

North - South Trakc on Kaimai Ranges. From Thompson's Track to junction with Killarney Lakes exit to Manawaru.   More ▶︎

Mount Baldy

A circuit trip on the Kaimai Range.   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

A popular walk up to these spectacular falls   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls from the top

Wairere Falls from the top

Looking over the lip of Wairere Falls. In a good westerly the water gets blowen back over you at this ...   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

A dramatic waterfall on the western side of the Kaimai Ranges   More ▶︎
Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

A great overnighter on nice days. Clockwise (starting with Tuahu Track to the hut and heading back on the North ...   More ▶︎
Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

When we said "it was muddy", we meant it...   More ▶︎
View from Te Rereatukahia Hut

View from Te Rereatukahia Hut

On 11 October 2009 we had the most stunning view from the deck of the hut. I wouldn't have though ...   More ▶︎
Views over the plains from Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

Views over the plains from Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

On a clear day, the views are wonderful.   More ▶︎
North South Track

North South Track

Traversing the length of the Kaimai Range from the Karangahake Gorge to the Mamaku Plateau, this track follows historic trails ...   More ▶︎
Te Rereatukahia Hut

Te Rereatukahia Hut

A fairly standard hut showing its years, high up in the Kaimai Mamaku's. A fairly decent view to the southwest ...   More ▶︎