Walking the Waitakeres

From Arataki to Whatipu

DAY ONE

We made it out to Arataki in the morning grouped up and headed off.

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The first day was fairly straightforward. Its the Waitak’s so plenty of hills and trees. Best view of the day was definitely looking across the dam.

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Once we got to Huia Jack took his leave and we rounded the corner to find our path impassable at high tide… And then it started raining.

We were the first to make it to the camp ground so we set up the tents and claimed part of the shelter. Which was wise, as thunder storm past overhead while we were having dinner.

DAY TWO

We started day two a little later then expected but the little bit of drizzle wasn’t so bad.

Although the drizzle wasn’t so bad, it turned into rain pretty quickly. Which made the climb up Karamatura track pretty challenging. Most of the climb up the track was more stream then track.

Once we made it to the top it was a little easier going, the rain was still on and off which meant plenty of time putting rain gear on, then off again. In the below shot you can just see the coast we’re heading to, walking along this ridge.

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This was probably the best view of the day. Somewhere on the Omanawanui track looking out to the Manukau Heads.

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Below is the last photo I took on the day. When we were half way up that hill it started bucketing down with rain and we had to go up and over dripping wet. I thought about taking a few shots at the top but it was a grey wall of rain.

After that we made it down to the bottom and dropped out at that point. To continue another day….

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