The Richmond Ranges – Porters Creek hut to St Arnaud
Porters Creek hut to Maitland river
The day began with a steep descent to the Lowther creek river, crossing the river bed and heading back up into the forest.
A few ups and downs later we were sidling along the banks of Maitland Creek in and out of the bush. It was a relatively easy morning and we enjoyed the sunshine.
Maitland river to Red Hills hut
We crossed the river and climbed up some steep cliffs – scrambling at times. There were a couple of times when Blair literally needed to pull me up the steep cliff as it was too high for me to scramble up myself. At the top we got some spectacular views of the morning’s trail. More undulations later and we were soon approaching Red Hills hut.
The last couple of Kms around the lower slopes of the red hills became really boggy, and we took care to test the depth of some of the more dodgy looking areas before we stepped…. thank goodness!
We reached Red Hills hut by lunchtime arms had a bite to eat.
Red Hills hut to St Arnaud
Once we got going again we exited the mountains straight down the 4 wheel drive track (Red Hills track) rather than up and over Beeby’s.
We enjoyed the easy walk out, and were on the Blenheim-St Arnaud road by 2.30pm. We walked East to a safe hitching spot and waited just over an hour for a hitch. A lovely family – 3 generations of ladies, picked us up and dropped us at the junction with the road to Nelson. Once at the junction we only waited around 5 minutes before another family picked us up and dropped us almost to our van in Nelson.
Keep up with us around NZ for the summer of 2018 😍