A spring trip to Te Puia Hot Springs

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Mo­haka River.The track then con­tin­ues along­side the Mo­haka, through na­tive bush with some rolling ter­rain.

Steep drop-offs in some sec­tions lend nice views of the sur­round­ing foothills. There is a fi­nal steep de­scent to reach the hot springs.

At the hot springs, lo­cated on a small manuka ter­race be­side the Mo­haka River, there are two fi­bre­glass baths sur­rounded by a deck­ing area.

In spite of the driz­zle and the ar­rival of a party drip­ping with chil­dren, we had a good nights camp with happy re­laxed, so­cial wal­low­ing in the hot spring. We heard Ki­wis in the night, blue ducks were seen nearby as well as glow worms on the bank near the camp­site.

The fol­low­ing day saw a 6am start and we were all packed up and tramp­ing by 8am to col­lect our hut dwellers en route.

On our way out and while pass­ing through a sun­lit glade with but­ter­flies flirt­ing around us out one hard boiled tram­per was heard to re­mark “par­adise must be like this!”

Af­ter a gen­tly paced tramp out we Op­po­site page above: The Man­gatutu Hot Springs from above. Mid­dle: Gary and Leonie ar­rive at the Man­gatain­oka Hot Springs in driz­zle. Be­low: Af­ter three hours of tramp­ing we were all at Te Puia Lodge where four re­mained to bag their beds. Above left The swing bridge at Man­gatain­oka Hot Springs. Be­low right: A nice flat stretch al­most half way. ar­rived back at the van by about noon and then had a brief ex­cur­sion to view the Man­gatutu Hot Springs.

We then started our jour­ney, with a brief stop in Taradale, we ar­rived back in Palmer­ston North by 6.15pm.

This was a mem­o­rable tramp for all but es­pe­cially the first timers. It had a com­pan­ion­able at­mos­phere, mostly good weather, a stun­ning land­scape and no in­juries.

Thanks to trip leader Bev. and our driv­ers Ewen and Gary. This was Ewen’s first out­ing as a MTSC van driver; with al­most 500km driven this was an heroic ef­fort.

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