Te Puia Lodge, Kaweka FP, Wednesday 2 February 2022. Map : BJ37
Banner Photo: The Mohaka River
Just a perfect day…
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hangin’ on
You just keep me hangin’ on…
First, the paperwork – and then we had such fun. No mask? No van ride. That was the committee’s decision and on this outing the rule was monitored by the tramp organiser/driver/scribe. It was an easy task: there was 100% compliance from the 12 passengers.
Our tramp was planned to go to Te Puia Lodge, which sits beside the Mohaka River up in the Kaweka Range.
Forecast top temperature was 32⁰ in Napier, but thankfully it wasn’t that hot or as sunny in our neck of the woods; however, we did have a strong wind.There were four new prospective members, two returning members from a lengthy lay-off with the balance made up of codgers and other experienced trampers.
We set off from the car park at 9.15 with the expectation that some would not go the full distance.
Several got to the lodge and the new folk all did well. Walking alongside the Mohaka and sitting on a log at a beach along the way for lunch is really quite an experience. What a fabulous place this is.
The only negative on the day was that one person was late returning to the car park – 1.5 hours after the second-to-last person. This wait caused concern and resulted in three going back along the track to see if assistance was required. Thank you to those who went looking. Fortunately, help wasn’t needed but we didn’t get away until 5.30.Arrival at Park Island by 6.45 left only 15 minutes to drop everyone off, refill the tank and get back to the rental company before they locked the gate. We made it by a whisker.
Apart from the delayed-arrival minor drama, it was a brilliant day in a fantastic location.
Trampers: Ted Angove, Tony Pluymers, Gordon Tapp, Cherie LeLievre, Dorothy Sole, Heather Nelson, Mandy Prebble, John and Kate Lyon, Denise Payne, Sue Marshall and reporter Kelvin Shaw