New Zealand Walk: Iron Gate Hut walk
Twenty three hard core Wednesday Trampers members of the Manawatu Tramping and Ski Club assembled at the car park in a chilly (7C) July, but fine conditions and at 9.15am for the tramp to Iron Gate Hut.
After the trip leader’s briefing that ended with “and boys and girls all be back here by three thirty,” we set off to make the 100m descent to the curved wooden bridge constructed almost 40 years ago by NZ Army Engineers.
The grass track down was unusually muddy having apparently been churned by previous trampers. Tramping up 78m from the bridge and then down 28m by 10.00am brought us to the Alice Nash Memorial Hut and diffuse sunlight for morning tea.
For the first thirty minutes or so beyond the hut the track was easy going then rapidly deteriorated to fully comply with expectations raised the DOC description of it as "advanced tramping.”
The track down to the Cumberfield Creek was very steep and eroded in places requiring special care. The stream was readily crossed but the track up even more hazardous and demanding. The compensation for the effort needed to tramp the track was the mature bush and magnificent views up and down the Oroua River.
The track did not improve beyond this climb up but the hard core persisted and some reached the Tunupo Stream before turning having had to negotiate several fresh slips.
On the final one, a tumble was taken
Above: Up and over the curved Army Bridge.
Left: Morning tea in the sun at Memorial Lodge.