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Mount Stevens – Golden Bay

mount-stevens-view.jpgMt Stevens, on the western side of the Aorere valley, is a short steep day-walk offering fine views over Kahurangi National Park and out to sea. The first 3km or so can be ridden on MTB, before the steep climb to the summit. It took me three visits before I had a view – previously sleet and rain fell. Tussock waves in the wind and the Lead Hills glow in the distance. The western side of the trig is blasted to rust. Ridges allow travel toward the coast. A great little peak to run up!

Views south cover the Gunner Downs and Mt Perry, overlooking the Heaphy track. To the north lies the Kaituna track and Mt Burnett, with the arch of Farewell Spit far away. I saw kiwi footprints in the mud.

The run up took 2 hours, while downhill was much shorter! Water can be had in puddles at the top. Enjoy the view!

Make sure you stop by one of Bainham’s premiere attractions – the swingbridge over the Aorere River, build when the bridge washed away in a massive flood. Have a swim in the river, and visit the waterfall.


Comment from matt
Time: April 5, 2009, 4:56 pm

Up for West Cape/Dark Cloud range in Janurary my friend?

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