We started off at the Karamea end of the track, finishing at Brown Hut, completed over four days. Day one - the section between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut was a mix of rain forest, tropical palms, and beach. The track itself is was easy going. The sandflies at Heapy were persistent but SAFE Insect repellent from Hebe Botanicals in Otaki took care of that. The hut was great and there were spare pots and utensils for cooking. The mattresses were hard so if there are spare, recommend doubling up. Day Two Heaphy to James Mackay was 8 km on the flat and about 12 km up to James Mackay. It is a gentle uphill with no steep parts to it. We were quite pleased to get to the hut. This hut again, had spare pots for cooking but not as many as Heaphy. Day Three was from Mackay to Perry Saddle, the longest but the best day of all. The landscape here was just amazing with different landscapes almost every hour. Although the map shows it is up and down, it is mainly all down from Mackay to Saxon. It was here that we came across a Kiwi on the track, at about 0800, that was thrilling if only for 10 - 15 seconds. Saxon to Gouland Downs was pretty easy and there are the caves and beautiful forests. Gouland Downs to Perry was 7 km up but it was a gentle up. Perry is another great hut with spare pots for cooking. The last day was Perry to Brown, the first 2.5 hours was hard going down hill, very rocky and hard underfoot. The last 2.5 hours was much easier on your feet. And then finished. I did find the stones hard to walk over and there are lots of areas that are just stones - like a creek bed. Other than that it was a great walk which was enjoyed by us all.
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