New Zealand Walk: Whareroa Farm to Orange Hut

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Robert Hodgson

Wed­nes­day Wilder­ness Walk­ers (WWWs) go al­most dry and mud free from Whareroa Farm to Orange Hut.

When 31 Wed­nes­day tram­pers ar­rived at Whareroa Farm the park­ing lot at Mackay’s Cross­ing was al­ready crowded with cars and a group of tram­pers from the Tararua Tramp­ing Club.

Luck­ily our tramp­ing foot­prints did not co­in­cide since their ob­jec­tive was Mt Wainui and ours the Orange Hut in the Akatarawa For­est. How­ever, a late ar­rival for Mt Wainui some­how got mixed in with our group and de­cided to stay with us, so we were 32 on de­par­ture at 9.30am.

Ac­cord­ing to Wed­nes­day tram­pers who are ex­pe­ri­enced in these mat­ters, Above: The group on a big wide road. Be­low: Time for a cuppa!

as a mere 19.9k re­turn trip, the walk to Orange Hut falls into the “easy” cat­e­gory. It is not, how­ever, easy on the feet as much of the tramp is on rocky sur­faces.

To avoid pos­si­ble high speed down­hill moun­tain bik­ers we took the newly mown horse track up through the farm to Camp­bell’s Mill Road where there are some mag­nif­i­cent views of the Kapiti coast.

Then it was down into the Akatarawa For­est on Hy­dro Val­ley Road. Den­nis who was in the lead­ing group placed pointer ar­rows at in­ter­sec­tions with other forestry roads so pos­si­ble con­fu­sion was avoided and 2/3 of our group had lunch at the new Orange Hut af­ter walk­ing 9.9k in.

The bal­ance of the party turned back at the en­trance to the for­est. The for­est walk started out through a small area of pine for­est.

For most of the walk we were in sec­ond growth na­tive bush. The new Orange Hut was de­vel­oped by the lo­cal 4 wheel drive club af­ter the pre­vi­ous hut burnt down. Ex­ten­sive use of con­crete floor­ing and con­crete block walls gives a very “solid as” feel to the new hut and the very func­tional ad­join­ing semi en­closed BBQ area.

All our party were back at the park­ing area by 3.00pm on what turned out to be a rain­coat free tramp, a wel­come change!

The next stop was one our favourites, the Otaki River­side Cafe. Thanks to van driver Chris and car driv­ers Bernard, Charles, Den­nis and Mar­ion. Thanks also to Wil­liam and Mau­reen for pho­tos and to Bob for of­fi­cial GPS re­port­ing.

Var­i­ous tramp­ing calorie counter re­portage has yet to be “fact checked” but 2500 calo­ries is a best es­ti­mate. Above: On the road. Be­low left: Lunch at the hut.

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