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Middy Creek Crossover – Mt Richmond Forest Park2024 05 12 Middy

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 May 2024

Five trampers met in Nelson early on a frosty Saturday morning to swap cars, with three travelling to the Maitai Dam and the other two to the Pelorus trail head.


East-West Group

From the Pelorus road end, two of us started walking at 9am and had morning tea at the beautiful Emerald Pools picnic spot.  We had lunch at Captains Creek Hut – it was in the shade and frigid, so we ate by the river in the sun.

There were lots of goats seen and smelt along the lovely bush walk.

We were at Middy Hut by 3.30 pm, and the hut book advised that the last of the TA NOBO (Te Araroa North-Bound) walkers had been through just last week. Before long we were joined by two other Nelsonians. With our combined group of 5, that made for 7 in the 6-berth hut, so Janey set up her tent.

With the temperature dropping, we got the fire going in the hut, and also lit an outside bonfire, with lots of wood-gathering and wood-cutting done in the late afternoon sun.

The crossover party of three soon arrived, and we all had a great night of hut chatter and star-gazing outside by our bonfire.

Sunday morning was very cold, and we had one frozen tent to de-frost and pack. Janey said she had been nice and toasty in her sleeping bag though.

We were away from Middy Hut (200m) by 9, and after an uphill slog we reached Rocks Hut (810m) for lunch at 12.30. Along the way we had lots of dancing fantails to keep us company.

Onwards to Dun Saddle (930m), across the mineral belt, and then the final long downhill via the Coppermine / Dun Mountain Trail in a fast two hours to the car.


West-East Group

Our group of three set off from the Nelson end, up the Dun Mountain Trail in the sunshine, eventually getting a view over Nelson and out into Tasman Bay. We met a few early mountain bikers out enjoying the trails.

Eventually we left the trail to cross to the Dun Saddle where we had lunch. The track joined the Te Araroa Trail at Rocks Hut, then we descended into the Pelorus River valley.

Middy Creek Hut was a welcome sight, where we were met by the rest of the group and two fellow trampers from Nelson. The hut was cosy with six people, and one of our party intrepidly tented.

On Sunday we set off alongside Te Hoiere / Pelorus River, passing Captains Creek Hut and eventually reaching the road end where our car was waiting for us.

An excellent trip in cool, clear weather, in beautiful surroundings and with good company.


The two crossover groups were - East-West: Chrissie and Janey. West-East: Catherine, Sandra and Alison W.