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Hauturu Highpoint
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:37:37 AM »
Hauturu Trig:  From our overnight stay in Whangarei using GPS address 654 Waiotemarama George Road we arrived at a Doc sign just over a small bridge indicating Waima Forest.  We parked the car before the bridge opposite the craft shop & elephant statue.  Doc sign indicates Hauturu Highpoint 3.5Hr, Junction 4Hr, Framptons Hut 5Hr.  Take your camera as 15min in there is an awesome waterfall and just a bit further on huge Kauris.  A kauri loop track fork takes 10min going Right or 20min going left to meet up at the same junction and Doc sign.  The sign indicates Hauturu Highpoint is 2Hrs, Hut is 3Hrs. The track becomes steep from this point.  At the trig junction turnoff another Doc sign indicates Summit 2Min, Junction 30Min, Rd exist 2Hr and Hut 1Hr.  We had come for the night and so had 15kg packs on and it took us about 2Hr.  You need to climb the trig for views. 
Heading off for Te Raupua summit we left our packs at the next junction and powered along a highway track to reach the highest point in Northland 1.5Hr later. No views are to be had but itís worth the bragging rights and the many snails you will see on the way.  Back to our packs at the  Waima main track junction it was only 30min to Framptons Hut.  A large 6 plus bunk, solid, wood fire, quaint that is well worth a night at.  We tramped back to the car the next day for our next destination being Mt Tutamoe.
Te Raupua should be on the list. Itís very similar to Te Toikawharu in that itís a highpoint without views but has bragging rights and easy and do able if travelling light or overnighting at the hut.  Iíd therefore consider coming from Wekaweka Road end, via Ora Ora saddle, Te Raupua summit to the Hauturu trig and back home or overnight at the hut.