The Plan 计划
Original Plan 初始计划
Our original plan was to do the Dorest Ridge Loop, but with the forcast 90km gales and rain over Tararua Forest Park on Saturday and Sunday, we decided to postpone that trip and try another time.
我们这次的初始计划是徒步走Dorest Ridge环线，但由于天气预报Tararua森林公园周六以及周日将遭遇90km/h的强风以及暴雨，我们决定推迟Dorest Ridge环线计划。
Plan B B计划
Regarding the bad weather, Julian made a plan B for us: drive further to Ruahine Forest Park and walk up at night to Sunrise Hut on Friday, hike a decent loop spend the Saturday night at Waipawa Hut and return to carpark and drive back to Wellington on Sunday.
The Trip 旅程
Julian, Laressa是本次的徒步的组织者，本次团队共有八名成员：Julian，Laressa，Alex，Emma，Yadgar，黄鼠狼，Grey先生 还有我。
Day 1 第一天
We were driving two cars, and it’s around 280 km from Wellington to Tikokino. We departed at about 4:30 pm and stopped for dinner on the way. We parked, geared ourselves up and started climbing at 10:30 pm.
It was nice to stretch a bit after long hours in the car, and we saw piled snow only after climbing for half an hour, which was unexpected. It took us 1 hr 45 mins to get to Sunrise Hut.
Day 2 第二天
We woke up or were wakened by the happiness cheers & eye-filling violet and orange at around 5:30 in the morning. The sunrise was stunning!
We woke up again at around 8:00 am, then we sat around, had breakfast and planned for the new day. As the gale was notably crazy and the tracks were with low visibility, we decided to give up the loop trip and visit the Top Maropea Hut instead.
It was a free-of-burden hike because we left most gears in the hut, we climbed up to the saddle and then down to the Top Maropea Hut, where we had our lunch.
The returning went smoothly as the sky started clearing and we could feel the sunshine from time to time.
Day 3 第三天
We slept early at night in order to get up early, and we caught another wonderful morning glow, we were so lucky!
The plan was to visit Waipawa Hut and then double back to the car park, but these characters decided we should try something off-track in water – walking along the Waipawa River to the car park. The crossing was fun and it was refreshing to get both feet wet. We stopped counting how many times we made it crossing the river because there were so many.
To Wrap Up 总结
We had a wonderful weekend! We stayed at Sunrise Hut for two nights, we hit the snow, did the river crossing and visited four huts (Sunrise Hut, Top Maropea Hut, Waipawa Hut, Triplex Hut) in total.
Retrospect to be better. Julian asked for some feedback on Saturday night for this trip, we talked about what we learnt from this trip and which part we can improve so we could get better next time. For me, I should never forget to bring my rain jacket again.
Alway have a Plan B. Another good strategy to follow from this tramp is always having an alternative plan: an Itinerary B for the trip, a Plan B when someone chooses to stop and head back on the track, you will find them useful.
It is unique to tramp in New Zealand in the winter, and if you are well-prepared, you get to see a lot. Looking forward to see you on the mountains!
这个周末特别的完美，我们在Sunrise小屋呆了两晚，玩雪，涉水，还拜访了四个小屋：Sunrise小屋, Top Maropea小屋, Waipawa小屋，以及Triplex小屋。