Leitch’s Track to Leitch’s Hut in the Whareorino Forest west of Te Kuiti.
Meet at the car park at the end of Leitch Road on Saturday 2 June, ready for 11am start. It takes about 3 hours to get there from Auckland.
From Otorohanga take State Highway 3 to Kaka Street in Piopio (37 mins). Then take Mangaotaki Road to Leitch Road in Mangaotaki. There is a car park at the end of Leitch Road and the track enters the Whareorino forest here.
The tramp to the hut is about 3 hours and should be easy. Initially, the track is on an old four wheel drive track, then through bush to Leitch’s Hut. We will base ourselves in Leitch’s Hut for Saturday and Sunday nights. Optional walk Saturday afternoon. For Sunday, there is a choice of tracks to go on depending on the weather and the amount of rainfall over the last few weeks, as some of the tracks involve river crossings. On Sunday I propose we do a section of the Waikawau Track and return the same way. This track is pretty, with nice bush. It does have river crossings but the first crossing is outside the hut so we will know how we are placed.
The hut sleeps 16 and is first in, first served. Two hut tickets are needed. We will need some tents as a backup in case the hut is full. There is heating and mattresses and you need to bring your own gas.
Please phone Lynne by 26 May to book your place. Numbers are limited. They have space in her car for 1 or 2 people.