New Zealand Walk: Wed­nes­day city group take on the Rimu­taka Rail Trail

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Thirty keen Wed­nes­day Tram­pers of the Manawatu Tramp­ing & Ski Club, as­sem­bled at the Cross Creek Road, south of Feather­ston in the Wairarapa in near per­fect con­di­tions to tramp up to nthe sum­mit of the Rimu­taka Rail Trail and for some, be­yond.

The track was dry and, per­haps for the first time in six months of tramp­ing, we ex­pe­ri­enced no mud with only a few small pools of wa­ter in the tun­nels.

On the as­cent the bush was beau­ti­ful and the track side adorned with nu­mer­ous fox gloves. We emerged from the up­per tunnel (as in­di­cated on the GPS plot by the lack of white plot points), to a beau­ti­ful, tran­quil land­scape that drained most tram­pers of any good in­ten­tions to tramp much fur­ther on.

There were a few cy­clists in ev­i­dence, a sec­ond group of ma­ture tram­pers and a large party of high school stu­dents mak­ing the full cross­ing.

So hav­ing in­spected the old ma­chin­ery and en­joyed a leisurely lunch we tramped down again in warm con­di­tions.

We were all safely out well be­fore the 3.30pm dead­line and then pro­ceeded in a loose con­voy to The Bak­ery in Carter­ton. There we were made wel­come and recog­nised as an MTSC group from our last call al­most a year ago.

It was an easy tramp-with-a-dif­fer­ence en­joyed in sunny con­di­tions. Above left: Time to stop for lunch. Above right: Com­ing down Siberia Gully. Be­low left: There is light at the end of this tunnel!

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