New Zealand Walk: Tramp to plane crash site

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Bob Hodgson

In cold clear weather mem­bers of the Wed­nes­day Wilder­ness Walk­ers, a group within the Manawatu Tramp­ing and Ski­ing Club, walked the Kaiparoro Trig Tramp in the Wairarapa start­ing at Kaiparoro Road.

We crossed the river via a tem­po­rary steel girder log­ging bridge and headed up a very steep bull­dozed track. This nar­rowed af­ter about half an hour, leav­ing forestry and en­ter­ing bush. The track re­mains steep and a lit­tle greasy un­til we reached the trig turnoff (50mins).

The next hour me­an­ders pleas­antly up­hill through at­trac­tive beech for­est un­til we reach the bush edge, and 5 min­utes later, the trig. The area is in a state of veg­e­ta­tional change.

It was once pre­dom­i­nantly red tus­sock but is now mixed with waist deep cel­ery pine, manuka and dra­co­phyl­lum.

The sur­round­ing peaks were bril­liantly clear on ar­rival but slowly dis­ap­peared into low cloud and mist.

We back­tracked to just into the bush and then headed off track down the first southerly spur to a 1952 plane crash and grave. The route is ad­e­quately marked and takes about 25 min­utes to get there. Care is re­quired com­ing back but all re­turned safely.

The crash site is a som­bre site and strewn over 50m. We left ex­plo­ration of tarns on the tops due to the” clag” that had set in. Lunch was in the bush fol-

lowed by a care­ful walk down. All were out by 3pm.

We then re­paired to the Lazy Graze Cafe in Eke­tahuna where Jill Faulkner was pre­sented with the “Most Spir­ited Tram­per” tro­phy for 2017.

Thanks to Re­porter and Trip Leader Chris­tine and to our driv­ers. Plots and Sta­tis­tics Bob and Wil­liam. Pho­tos, Wil­liam,Maureen,Al­lan and Ju­dith.

Above: Con­ges­tion at the Kaiparoro Trig. Be­low: Snack­ing in the bush.

Above left: Tramp­ing care­fully up the steep bull­dozed track be­yond the bridge. Above right: Re­mains at the crash site.

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