Explore: The Tararuas - The Southern Crossing, New Zealand

Hey guys, I hope you had a happy Easter weekend! I managed to sneak away for a wee adventure to Wellington - to catch up with my awesome friend Anna-Marie and explore the Tararuas for the first time!  

Here are some photos from our trip - mostly from the second day up on the ridge line when the views were stunning, and the lighting perfect. A map of our route below (courtesy of the DOC website

Day 1.

Cars packed to hilt.. first photo of the trip! I kind of love this effect with film cameras.. 

We arrived late to the start of the track (up the Otaki Valley) around 2pm, and headed up an alternate route to Otaki Forks - adding an additional 2 hours to the first day - as there was a slip blocking the road. Unfortunately we also managed to find ourselves accidentally missing our turn off and heading down this steep fire break! (and then back up again)..

Arriving late to a full Field Hut we decided to sleep under the stars..  (luckily no rain for us!)

Day 2. 

Up onto the ridge line with spectacular views.. a long day of many up hill battles, and the highest peak Mt Hector (1529m).  The crew below with some great inventive games to keep our minds off the heat and the hard work! ;) 

It was a hard slog... but really worth the effort! :) Next to us the memorial cross for the members of the Wellington Tramping Club who lost their lives in WWII. Heading down Mt Hector the clouds engulfed one side of the ridge line, with the other side still clear.. it was amazingly beautiful. 

Heading  off the ridge and down to the tree line, we saw the most amazing white rainbow.. like nothing we'd seen before.. a great end to the day.. ! 

Day 3. 

From Alpha Hut (in the mystical beech forest, lush and green with lichen and moss), we headed down the forested ridge, down down down, to the Kaitoke car park.. and home to a well deserved hot shower! 

Hope you enjoyed xx