|Wairere Falls - from the first lookout point.|
|The summit with views out towards Waikato farmlands|
This weekend just past, The Scout and I went adventuring. We left Auckland and drove south to our starting point - the Wairere Falls. It was an upwards slog to these(probably made more difficult by carrying a large pack on ones back), so the first lookout point was a welcome reprieve, and a very picturesque resting point, before all the steep stairs and rocky/rooty track to the summit. We had lunch there and were lucky enough to see a possum. Considered a pest in New Zealand it is very strange to see them out in daylight hours.
The next part of our adventure was hiking south on the North South track to the Te Whare Okioki hut, which was out accommodation for the night. The track is a little used track, but very lush and green, lots of tree ferns, ferns, mosses, interesting fungi as well as mud and a few creek crossings. Needless to say my hiking boots proved their worth and remained dry and cosy. I have to admit that I did feel that it would be very easy to get lost in this part of the country, if you missed one of the track markers. We arrived to the hut at about 5pm, and were very pleased to see some other trampers had lit the fire. A warm drink, dinner cooked by the Scout and good company made it a pleasant place to keep warm and spend the night.
We returned home the same way and even though you think going downhill will be easier, it's certainly not. I'm back at work now with a few sore and stiff muscles, while The Scout is keenly planning our next adventure.