If you look really close up you can see a surfer fella tucked in there in the waves. Couldn’t get too close without getting the boots wet on this shallow slopping beach. But Nilesh we thought of you when we saw these three chaps. There were some sweet waves, and no other humans for miles and miles in either direction. You’d have had tears in your eyes ;)
Surf’s up at ‘The Bluff’
Getting clean in Punaruku Stream
Barrons Beach, Whananaki
Woo hoo! This was brilliant fun, worked much better than I imagined :) I’ve often wondered while fording some of the rivers over here, whether our Therm-a-rest Neoair mattresses would take the weight of our rucksacks and be usable as a makeshift raft? Would mean we could swim across while holding on to the Therm-a-Pack raft, even if it was too deep to ford like the Okura River.
Well them Neoair’s support the weight of me in the water, so I think the answer would definitely be yes! Probably need a bit of structural support by lashing the poles on too, but I think we’re on to a winner, bring on the next big river crossing :D
Joining the Tribe at Tieke Kainga Marae, and a Dip!
Then Cookie, Josh, Mitchell, Sarah, Sophia and i pegged it down for a dip in the Whanganui. It’s was a sizzling evening! And more entertainment in the form of a rock skimming competition :)
A quick ‘freshen up’ in the river afterwards, left us marginally cleaner than before..
Pikpriki – The Finish Line (and a final swim)
We left our rucksacks with my Mum & Dad while on the river, so they had to drive up from Wanganui to return them today. We should of just packed them up and started walking.. But since they were heading back our way (Wanganui) we couldn’t resist the offer of a lift to get a slap up dinner and motel this evening. Felt a bit bad about the decision on route, even though it was all road walking we were missing, it was a nice quiet country road that looked quite pleasant to walk along..
Beautiful emerald pools lined the river, hard to resist in the sizzling heat of the ozone-free scorching sun. We stopped and played in the river at a perfect picnic spot. Splashing in the ice cold water, and mucking about with the camera. Lunch: Brown bread, avocado, tomato, and S&V crisp butty, ( with a sprinkling of sandflies ). Unbelievably good. This is luxury trail food.
Finally packing up we realised the time. “Ah short day then ;)
After larking about in the water for too long we realised our plan of getting to Middy Hut today wasn’t going to happen.. So we set or sights on Captains Creek hut for the evening instead.
Getting clean in the Sabine
We Found the Hot Pool!
Woop Woop! And well worth the roaming around it was. I’ve never been in a proper wild hot pool til now, and it’s so exciting to pretend like you’ve ‘discovered’ this little secret place.
Where’s this Hot Pool?
From the Windy Point/Lewis Pass end of the Harpers Pass section, you head out of Hurunui hut for an hour til you see the McKenzie Stream signpost, continue on towards No.3 Hut. After 10 mins or so you see the first waterfall across the path (down in a gully). 20 mins or so later you’re looking for the second ‘waterfall’. The path should literally walk over the stream part way up this open rocky area where the water tumbles down a cliff to the river bed below. We’d cut down off the path around 20 mins after the first waterfall to walk along the valley bottom and look upward for the steep rock cascade. It was much more obvious to see from that vantage point. A wide area of dark faceted stone, sprinkled with green slime :) Nice! Cutting back up the far side of it we found a path leading to the top of the cascade where a small pool filled the width of the rocky area. Tadaaa! Get your pants off, it’s The Hot Pool!