My favourite Walk: Nina Valley Walk
We were staying at Hanmer Springs so it was not too far a drive. The Nina Hut Track is about 10 minutes further on from the Boyle River Village and it starts opposite the Deer Stalkers Hut where we parked our car.
We were lucky to use the shelter behind the Deer Stalkers Hut to put on our rain coats and cover our packs as the forecast was for showers for the morning and more persitent in the afternoon.
The weather was still very humid and we all decided to give it a go and see how far we can get until we have to turn back because of the rain.
We soon approached the first swing bridge maybe 10 – 15 minutes in which crossed the Lewis River. The track was full of tree roots and very green moss, it was quite beautiful walking in the beech forest with the mountains surrounding through the clearings with low cloud covering the tops, just hanging around.
You had to constantly keep an eye on your footing to dodge the roots.
Not far into the walk we had to take our rain coats off as it was just too humid and the showers had stopped.
The surroundings were so different once again.
We crossed quite a few small streams, over one stream we had to peroit over a tree log, a great balancing act by us all.
The easier way would have been through the stream and just getting your boots wet. We had fun anyway and all made it across the log safely. We had a second swing bridge which crossed the Nina River.
The robins followed us along the track and even picking at Kishor’s trousers. We had to just stop and watch how friendly they were.
The cloud around was low but we still had spectacular views. The main thing was it was not raining. We knew that we would have to decide by lunch time whether to carry on to the hut or go back because the forecast was against us and we knew that the streams would soon change if the rain started.
We made the decision to have lunch and then go back. Good decision for us all as you need to be sensible.
The humidity was still very high. Lots of sweat thats for sure.
On the way back we stopped for a drink and an orange, then made our way back to the car. About the last 20 minutes or so we could hear the cars on the highway.
As we finished the tramp and crossed the road to the Deer Stalkers Hut it began to rain. What great luck we had with the weather. Lots of fun! You can walk as far as you like. Relatively easy walk for all.
Above left: Where the walk starts. Middle left: The track beside the Lewis River. Below left: A swing bridge across the Nina River. Below right: This tame robin has no fear!
Above right: The peaceful Nina River. Right: Walking in a beech forest.