The views from the hut were amazing. Both down over the flat land we’d come from and over to the spectacular range we were aiming to traverse. You could see the sea and as far across New Zealand as the Taranaki and Ruapehu volcanoes. That’s half the North Island! It was the kind of view you can only get from a plane, and even then only on a super clear day. Stunning. But most amazing gazing out over it all was realizing we’d just walked across it all. It felt pretty phenomenal.
So I should probably explain our plan to traverse the Tararua Range. The Te Araroa leaves the range halfway down at Otaki Forks, but that’s where a famous route called the ‘Southern Crossing’ starts, it’s heading in our direction so seemed a shame to miss it out. We can combine them both without leaving the ridge for days, there’s regular huts all along it for water and shelter, should be a good section :)