On Saturday, Sunday and Monday I went tramping in the Ruahine Ranges to Ruahine Corner Hut. I went with 'Dr Fi' and her running and multi-sport friend Pip. The trip was:
Friday afternoon. We drove over the Rimutakas and up the east coast via State Highway 50 until we were about 40-50 km from Hastings. Just after Tikokino we turned off SH50 onto Kereru Road, then Big Hill Road, then along Mangleton Road.
Saturday. Masters Shelter, Golden Crown ridge, Aranga Hut, Main Range, Piopio, spot height 1503, Potae, Ruahine Corner. A 12 hour day.
Sunday. Walk across Ruahine Corner airstrip, follow stoat trap line down a spur to Ikawatea Forks Hut, walk up the non-maintained track to Trig 1407m to 'No Mans'. An 11 hour day.
Monday. Walk south along the range to the junction with Golden Crown ridge, drop down to Masters Shelter and drive back to Wellington.