My favourite Walk: Nina Val­ley Walk

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Yvonne van Eer­den of Tower Tramp­ing & Walk­ing Club

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.

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