Urutawa Forest Traverse
|Location: Urutawa Forest||Number of Days: 3||Grade: Med/Fit|
|Start Location: Manganuku Campsite||Number in Party: 6||Organisation: Auckland Tramping Club|
|Finish Locatiion: Otara Rd, Opotiki||Leader: Tina Jacques||Weather: Fine|
Day 1. From Manganuku Campsite, N to Te Waiti Hut (8) or even Lagoon biv. 6-8hrs
Day 2. S to Manganuku Hut (6). 7-9hrs
Day 3. W to Manganuku Camp. 3-4 hrs.
Details From the Manganuku Campsite on Waioeka Rd the track starts from the road bridge on the true right. The track is benched to start with and slowly degrades to as we climbed to the saddle. Somewhat rougher on the other side dropping steeply to the river. The river bed rocks were very slippery in places and care was needed. Reasonable climb up to next saddle before another steep drop to river. Picking up the tracks out of the river was reasonably straight forward and mostly marked.
From the Tokenui hut the track criss-crossed the river until reaching a the beginnings of a gorge. This looked to have several small waterfalls so we took the marked route up the true right bank which was very rough, steep and extremely slow to naviagte around. Drop down to the river asap after gorge. Picked up marked route out of river further down and got on old benched track. This is not marked on the map and with good reason. It was badly eroded with large slips requiring us to climb up and around. Once up there it was extremely difficult to get back down to the river. Encountered a large side stream (appears to have been once bridged) and spent an hour trying to pick track up on crossing it. Took another 30 minutes to find remains of track again.GR859617. Recommend staying in the river as much as possible and only leaving when you have no choice.
|Time/Km travelled Manganuku Campsite to Tokenui Hut (4hrs), Tokenui Hut to campsite (5.75hrs)|
Hut/Campsite details incl Grid Reference Manganuku Campsite
Tokenui hut (4 bunk) had plenty of camping space with water close by.
Campsite: Small flatish area below old benched track suitable for party less than 10 with small tents/flies. Access to river gained by dropping down the steep nose of the spur to river. NZTopo50 GR1986020,5762560
|Water source Water found 5min away at side stream or down at main river.|
|Day Two||Details From the campsite drop down the snout of the spur to the river (last bit a tad steep). Travel down the river was easy passing thru a narrow gorge in ankle deep water. Track out of river is just beyond this on the true right. This leads up to Midway Biv and the track from there is well formed and easy to find.|
|Time/Km travelled 3hrs|
Hut/Campsite details incl Grid Reference Midway Bivvy - no longer marked on the map. Two bunk hunters bivvy with new PVC cover over frame. Plenty of room for camping around hut in clearing. GR858631 (water form river 5min away)
|Water source Watertank and river.|
|Day Three||Details From hut travelled down the Te Waiti stream on well formed track crossing the river a few times. Take the higher track when reach Private Property skirting above Bushhaven and travel down the metal road past Doc Boulder Campsite to the bridge.|
|Time/Km travelled 2hrs|
|Hut/Campsite details incl Grid Reference Nil|
|Water source River|