Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A One Day Tramp

On Wednesday Hugh and I set off, to tramp to the Waihohonu Hut, in the Tongariro National Park. This is situated at 1104 metres asl. We started off bright,, checked the  GPS , and took some photos .
The view from  the car park, with tussock, and Mt Ngauruhoe in the distance.
The view from the car park
After many footsteps, some deep DOC steps, a small detour where there had been a huge washout, we arrived at the hut. “ It’s a mansion” were Hugh’s words.Bunks to sleep 28, gas burners, solar powered hot water, a huge stack of  firewood for cold days and nights, and the stunning views from the windows.
Waihohonu  hutWindow's view
We ate lunch, and fortified, started the return trip. It was  5.6 km each way,
and back at the wagon congratulated each other. Well Done!!!
On the way up  we met a family, names to be given, so photo will be in another post.
Our water bottles were almost empty by the time we left the hut so Hugh refilled his
by the fast stream.
Here they are Lori, pics for you,(at Skoog Farm), they do keep the water or juice cold for a good while My one at a well known Sports’ Store was almost twice the price of the coloured ones at our local pharmacy.
water bottlesbottle label

Refill the water bottle

Tributary to the Waihohonu Stream.
This is a first, I have taken a video with my Canon Ixus 800  IS, loaded it onto YouTube,
Back home, long time friend Ross and Olive were waiting, a stop over on their way south.
A delightful dinner at Bulls, and  then this morning another Goodbye, Safe travels.Ross and Olive on their way South

Quotation of the day, from a song written by Cole Porter, “ Don’t Fence me In”
“ Oh, give  me land,lots of land under starry skies above”
Cheers from  Jean


Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Too clever!!! A video in your blog! I felt very envious of your tramp.. Sort of thing we used to do.

Lindsjö taxar said...

The video is beautiful. You have to make more so we can see your landscape. The snow came last week and will stay because we have cold now -3 C, not so much..