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Camp  Stream  Hut                                                                                                                                        February 14th  2016

After a little confusion 8 trampers met at the carpark on Coal River access road, about 1 km off the Lillybank Road, 5 km past Round Hill ski field turnoff.

Crossing Coal River we followed a marked uphill route along a public easement through private farmland.  We walked past deer paddocks to the boundary of Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park.  From there we continued uphill along a well-worn track through bands of tall tussocks and patches of low matagouri scrub.  There were the occasional signs of rabbits but the heat of the day was too hot for them to come out in.  It was a hard slog upwards for some of us on quite steep country in the heat.  We covered over 5 kilometres from the carpark to the top of the old glacial terrace and climbed a height of over 500m in the process.  The next kilometre was along a well formed track winding down a hillside to cross Camp Stream, up onto the next ridge then around the end of it to arrive at Camp Stream Hut.  This is one of the huts on the Te Araroa Trail.

On the way back a detour was made, about a kilometre to the north, to visit Rex Simpsons Memorial Hut.  The sun was blazing down on us all day and several were really pleased to plunge into the small stream by the carpark, known as Coal River.

Arriving back at the carpark all sought the shade of John’s new Camper Van and also really appreciated the ice-cold water he dispensed from it.

This hot and strenuous day-trip was enjoyed by Christine and John, Lynley, Ralph, Christine, Ross, Barry and I.   Thank you Christine for leading it.   Neville G.

Camp Stream Tekapo View.jpg Camp Stream to Hut view.jpg