After a good night's sleep and with a good breakfast inside me, I set off from Te Waiti hut around 9am. Just before I left I took the opportunity to have a look around the hut and discovered the true track up from the stream. A bit annoyed with myself for not spotting it the previous day, I hoisted my pack onto my back and set off the in other direction.
The track stays on the true right of the stream for about 500m before dropping down at a large right hand bend in the stream. The track then continues on the other side again rising up high above the stream. After about 90 minutes from the hut the Hastings bridge is reached. Here a side stream on the true left leads to the Top Hastings Hut some three hours away.
The bridge is a good place to stop and take a break as there are good views up and down the stream. The end of the track is only just over a kilometre (30 mins) away. About 500m from the end the lodge at Bushaven can be seen in the distance close to a bend in the Te Waiti stream.
I had mixed feelings about seeing Bushaven in the distance as I had had three great days in the Urutawa, however the rain that had started at the hut had got heavier as the morning went on. In fact I found out later that day that flood warnings had been issued for the eastern ranges in the Bay of Plenty.
At my car I quickly dumped my gear in the back and jumped in the front too wet and too tired to care about changing my sodden clothes. But despite the weather I still had that warm glow inside that comes from having spent a few days away from 'civilisation' and being out there with nature.