My 2021/2022 Great Walk season....
I am planning to walk sections of three Great Walks this year if I am able to secure hut bookings. The bookings for the coming season open next week with the Heaphy Track opening on Tuesday 15th June...Routeburn Track opening on Wednesday 16th June and Abel Tasman Coastal Track opening on Thursday 17th June.
Abel Tasman Coastal Track:
|Totaranui Beach with Gibbs Hill to the rear, Abel Tasman NP|
|Wharewharangi Hut in Abel Tasman NP|
|Start of the Abel Tasman Coast Track at Wainui Bay|
|Anapai Bay from the Abel Tasman Coast Track|
Let me say up front that planning a tramp on the Heaphy Track is really difficult. Booking the track itself is not that difficult if there are places available but organising transport to and from the track ends is diabolical. I will be writing a post about booking the Heaphy Track soon as I found it so bloody difficult to organise so watch for that...
|Brown Hut marks the northern terminus of the Heaphy Track|
I have actually walked the whole of the Heaphy Track before but have long wanted to have a second bash at it. Back in 1990 I was doing an Army exercise near Karamea when they asked if anyone wanted to walk the track so we were dropped by helicopter at Perry Saddle and walked out to the Kohaihai road end.
|On the Gouland Downs, Kahurangi NP|
Later in the early 1990's my then girlfriend and I walked in from Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut for an overnight trip.
|View down to the old Perry Saddle Hut, Kahurangi NP|
I am looking at walking the Heaphy Track in November 2021 from Brown Hut (Tasman end...) to Kohaihai (West Coast end...). I am going to fly to Nelson and then Karen is going to come collect me from the Karamea end of the track. This will make getting back to Christchurch a lot easier...
|Nikau Palms along the coast en-route to Kohaihai, Kahurangi NP|
I will be taking five days on the track staying in Perry Saddle, Saxon, James McKay and Heaphy Huts. This will mean I have one short day of roughly 3 hours walking and four days where I am walking from 5-7 hours. The shortest distance will be 7 kilometers and the longest on day four will be just under 20 kilometers.
|The Kohaihai bridge marks the southern terminus of the Heaphy Track|
I am really looking forward to revisiting this gem in the north west of the South Island.
Update: booked for first week of December but only just....
|Heavy rain falling in the Greenstone Valley, Greenstone-Caples Recreation Area|
|DOC weather report at Howden Hut...spot on!!!|
|The Routeburn Track starts near Glenorchy on Lake Whakatipu|