Smith Creek Shelter 7 May 2023
Leaving the Kaitoke car park we, Lorelei and Tony (scribe), made our way along the
wet and slippery track up and over the hill down through Puffer Saddle essentially
following the Tauherenikau River to Smith Creek Shelter. Apart from at times the
slippery track, the track was in very good condition no doubt as a result of the recent
clearing of windfall by the GWBN volunteers. There were a couple of slips to
carefully negotiate up and over however we meandered along enjoying the warm
humid day and the surrounding scenery. Not a breath of wind all day.
Having not been to the shelter before I found it “interesting” to say the least,
definitely a haven from rain and most elements however not sure I would want to
stay the night there unless I had to.
After a quick lunch, we returned the same way only seeing maybe 3 people in total
during our walk again taking care along the slippery track. A good day walk and a
new track for the both of us.