The Motatapu Track is one I have wanted to do for quite a while as its right on my doorstep so finally got round to it. It’s pretty darn good track to do and nicer to get out on some of the less groomed trails (we did the Kepler Highway few weeks back). Spent 3 days doing it, 1 day to Highland Creek Hut, 1 to Roses Hut and last day out to Arrow town. All pretty mellow crusie days but if you are not used to tramping it would take a lot longer. Crusie days are good though until you rock up at hut at 1 in the afternoon without a book or anything to keep you entertained. Sitting still is something I don’t do well, probably should of gone run up something to get rid of some energy! This post would be best read whilst listening to this song. The whole track goes through Shania’s back garden (more like mountain range) and she paid for all the huts etc, good work.
James the Fan Dan rocking the Caithness Jaw
Val the ‘Last Card’ Frenchman. Never play cards with him….
Looking back towards Lake Wanaka
Great to get the boots off
First hut, Highland Creek
Living it up with a vanilla latte and some afghan biscuits!
Napier tramping club, not my old Uni unfortunately :(
After a late start, time to head off to Roses Hut
Anyone want to upgrade their boots? Free pair on the trail for collection
Most of the day was spent on the tops walking through golden tussocks
Cliché shot of Roses Hut
Val owning the cards! Also our hut friend from state side, Joe. Top lad.
Our poem about the tramp. Best sung in an ‘Andy Stewart’ esk accent
Epic views back down the Motatapu Valley
Dropping down from the last saddle towards Macetown
And then it rained…. a lot.