Kurinui Trip Report

Eleven members turned up at the bottom shop in Hampden at 8.30am on Sunday. Thanks to Maurice who organised those who usually meet at the Medway Carpark to go there. We carried on and eventually parked just below the repeater just west of Hampden.

Our walk started by going down Top Track all the way down to Kurinui Creek. The weather forecast was for greyness and that is precisely what we had. Turning up river at the bottom we went as far as the old hut which was locked and we had morning tea there. A timely reminder ensured that everyone had their lunches repacked. Down river now to pick up the track called Reserve Track on the map. This was easy enough to start with following recent track cutting but soon enough we were left with nothing much to follow and became very reliant on the Topogps app on our phones, what a great tool for helping us navigate this tricky terrain which is overgrown with a mixture of regenerating bush and gorse. After reaching some higher altitude and a decent view and a grassy flat we stopped for lunch. Looking around, the evidence of early burn offs could be seen in the revegetation on the hillsides, rocky bluffs and steep sided hills created a remote atmosphere in this location belying its close proximity to civilisation. After lunch we carried on the scramble of trackless travel, stopping only to look at views as they came along in the clearings. Eventually around Pt 405 0n the map we picked up the track again and enjoyed the last part of the walk without constant reference to our map app. The track ended surprisingly suddenly with a gate that required climbing over to get us back on the road and the last 3km walk back to the vehicles. A good day out, made so much easier with the help of our navigation app. Thanks to the drivers for getting us to the spot and back and thanks to those who came, they were;Bill, Nev, Roz, Bron, Bess, Bob, Julia, John, Maurice, Phyllis and Robbie