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Te Waiti - Pakihi Circuit, Urutawa Conservation Area

Day Two - Pakihi Hut to Te Waiti Hut

Tramp Description
The track to cross to the Te Waiti Stream starts about 5 minutes up stream from the Pakihi Hut next to a side tributary. It is well marked and should be easily spotted as you tramp up stream. To reach the Pakihi stream, you can follow the marked track past the long drop at the Pakihi Hut or take the track past the kennels which drops straight down to the stream from the hut.
The track immediately starts to climb above the Pakihi stream and continues along a ridge affording good views down into the valley below. Please note that this track is NOT marked on the Motu X16 topo map published in 2002. This track follows the ridge that starts near the indicated track on the topo map and heads south west. After two km the track turns north for about 1.5 km still on a ridge to re-join the marked track at point 605.
The track is very well marked and I only lost my way once near a massive fallen tree which had taken out other trees with track markers. I soon picked up the track again. However there is plenty of tree damage along the track and it takes a long time to come out by the Wahaatua stream at Stags Flat. It took me five hours (not including stops) to cross the ridge line between the two streams.
Along the way I spotted a stag and disturbed another deer which shot off before I could see it. There were also a number of deer wallows along the track.
After descending from the ridge the track meets the Wahaatua stream near a small bivvy used by a goat hunter. At the bivvy turn right towards the stream despite track markers indicating a route to the left. A right turn will bring you out nearer the stream crossing indicated by an orange marker on a punga. The track to Te Waiti then climbs up above the stream and after an hour from Stags Flat the track enters open land and descends to a side stream.
Large orange markers lead the way to the Te Waiti stream from the side stream. Te Waiti hut is not visible from the stream and care must be taken to spot the track from the stream to the hut and is not clearly marked. The track starts as soon as the bush on the true right starts to clear and climbs up a number of terraces to reach the hut. If, as I did, you miss the track then the simplest way to reach the hut is to bush bash your way up the terraces near the right hand bend in the stream.
The hut is situated on a large open terrace and has a couple of bunk rooms sleeping eight, a log burner and a nice deck to sit out on. That evening I dined by a combination of candle and moon light with the distinctive morepork call as background ambience! It had been a long day but well worth and I wasn't as tired as thought I was going to be - but I did sleep well!
Tramp Details
Time: 8 hours
Distance: 8 kms
Grade: Medium, well marked route but with lots of fallen trees blocking route.
Hut Description
Category: Standard
Bunks: 6
Heating: Log Burner
Water: Rain water tank
Cost: One standard hut ticket
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