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Youngman Stream Hut – Tarn Hut tramp 31 January – 2 February 2021

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

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From the Lees Valley Road there is a 3 kilometre long 4WD track across farmland It is a rough 4WD track in the car that can be done by 2WD in summer after dry weather.' This leads to a car park.

On a hot Sunday we took 5 ½ hours to get to Youngman Stream Hut. The track follows the Ashley River to Tent Gully and then climbs about 350 metres as it sidles high above the river, then dropping 150 metres to a river crossing and the 6 bunk Youngman Stream hut. There were 2 hunters there but luckily they slept in tents, sharing them with the sand flies. This is a good swimming spot near the hut.

Monday was a 700 metre climb to Lilburne Hill (1405 metres asl). We had lovely views climbing up to Lilburne Hill and from the Tarn Hut, out over the bush in the Puketeraki Forest Conservation Area. A brief stroll had us at the 4 bunk Tarn Hut which is just over 100 metres lower. This is a stunning location with the hut overlooking a tarn. As a result the afternoon was spent sitting in the sun watching Swifts skimming over the tarn catching insects. There are good camping sites and two of the group slept in tents.

Tuesday’s exit took 3 hours tramping downhill on an old 4WD track to Lilburne Stream and then following the Ashley River to the car park.

This is a highly recommended tramp which will appear on the tramp calendar later this year or early next year.

NZTopo50 reference: BV22 Dampier Corner

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Trampers: Howard Anderson, Gerald Edmunds, Jacqueline Kotula, Natasja Steenkamp, Julie Wolbers, Kaye Young.

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