Tri­umphant re­turn to the Barra Track

Walking New Zealand - - New Zealand Walk - By Bob Hodg­son

With the MTSC van not avail­able, on Fe­bru­ary, 21 of the Wed­nes­day Tram­pers gath­ered at Me­mo­rial Park to be­gin our day out in a small fleet of cars to make a tri­umphant re­turn to the Barra Track.

On reach­ing the Wairarapa the weather was over­cast and very muggy.

The time to reach the Mitre Flats Hut the DOC pre­dic­tion was that we had a nom­i­nal four hour tramp ahead of us.

A 4pm dead­line was set to be back at the cars with the usual stop at mid­day for lunch.

We all started at 9-15am. Nine reached the hut with four ar­riv­ing within three hours and the rest a half hour later. The walk out for the hut bag­gers was slower than the walk in so they were 15 min­utes later than planned, ar­riv­ing back at the cars around 4.15pm to find that two cars had al­ready left.

As Chris Bruskill re­marked ‘The Barra Track is a true tramp­ing track with tree roots and rocky streams to ne­go­ti­ate’.

Of the 12 that did not reach the hut, four on find­ing the track heavy go­ing, turned by 11.30 am. The re­main­ing eight turned back af­ter a 12.30ish lunch and all were safely out to the car park by 3pm.

This was our third at­tempt on this tramp hav­ing twice be­fore turned by bad weather and rag­ing streams so it was a treat to get a fine but muggy day. This is a beau­ti­ful tramp with some of the finest bush and river views in the ranges. Above left: A true tramp­ing track! Above right: Morn­ing tea at a view point. Be­low left: The Mitre Flats Hut bagged.

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