Te Puia Lodge, Wednesday June 10 2009
Trampers: Alison Greer, Murray White, Gary Bowler, Graham Bell, Manfred Hausler and Jeanne Van Den Hout (Makino Ridge route); Ted Angove, Paul Exeter, Peter Slagter, Vic Bullock, Kelvin Shaw, Gordon Tapp, John Marshall, Thelma Tasman-Smith and John Gray
The forecast was not good, but 11 trampers in the mini-van met four from Havelock North at the Makino Ridge corner at about 0900, in light rain.
Six set off up Makino Ridge, while the remaining nine headed for The Gums car park, where they departed for Te Puia Lodge, just before 9.30. It was a good day for a tramp, with brisk temperatures and light showers. Apart from sighting some good trout in the two large pools on the Mohaka River, the trip was uneventful. We had an early lunch and shared the lodge with three hunters from Palmerston North. Three front-runners arrived from the Makino Ridge arrived while we were eating lunch. We waited a while to see if the other three arrived, but ‘no show’ so we headed back for the vehicles, about 12.30 pm.
The group set a steady pace on the return leg. We sighted more fish (or the same ones) and arrived at the car park shelter just after 3 pm, got changed, kept warm and chatted until about 4pm, when the other three arrived, having gone to Makino Hut for their lunch. We were home by about 5.30, after a good day.