836 – 847 Pirongia Hut

Well, that was wet.

The morning began with a gentle walk in mild weather through some really nice forest but as we got higher the weather deteriorated until we were walking through gushing water and mud.

I stupidly didn’t put on my wet weather gear until to late and after about an hour I was cold. The track turned into a mild waterfall? It seemed like a long, long time before we reached the hut.

The hut is nice, if a little cold. I was soaked by the time I got there and it took multiple cups of tomato soup and staying in my sleeping bag to get warm again.

The plan is to stay here the night and then start down in the hopefully milder weather tomorrow.

There is nearly 20kms of road walking ahead though and some stream crossings that are marked as dangerous after heavy rain so if the weather continues then we may just hitch to Waitomo or at least hitch the road parts of the track. We shall see.


  • Put your wet weather gear on before you get wet.
  • Once your body temperature drops it takes ages to come back up.

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  1. Pete Montgomerie
    Pete Montgomerie
    November 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    im enjoying this thanks.

    • Pete Montgomerie
      Pete Montgomerie
      November 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Hows your health?gd I hope.I can’t believe just how far you have got.how far from top to bottom?Gd on u for trying this adventure .i wish there were more pics though.enjoy talk later,

      • Tane Harre
        Tane Harre
        November 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

        Not really a photo person sorry bro. Health is good. Hell, I can eat as much as I want and not worry. Health is great!

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