Following the recent daywalk around Kapakapanui, I went back to Waikanae this morning because I was keen to find out how quickly I could do it. I didn’t get many photos this time, except for ones to record timestamps, since I was in a bit of a hurry. I already had a heap during the last trip, and I tend to find photos a bit boring when they don’t involve people. I won’t bother explaining too many details of the track in this report, since I think I did that in my previous post.
Date: 10th November, 2007
Location: Tararua Forest Park, Ngatiawa Road-End.
People: Just me.
Huts visited: Kapakapanui Hut (0 nights).
Intended route: Start at the road-end, follow the loop track clock-wise up to Kapakapanui Hut, continue to Kapakapanui Trig, then continue back down to the road-end. Walk very fast.
I’m calling this a daywalk, which is usually is, but I’m not sure if it still counts if it’s walked in three hours.
I decided to go clock-wise again for no particular reason. I saw a few people along the way, including one group of seven (who looked like a tramping club group), four people walking at least three dogs between them, and another chap much later who was also walking a dog. Apparently it’s quite a popular place for walking dogs, although I noticed at least one of them was being allowed to frolic around in the bush without the attention of its owner a bit more than I thought it should have been.
Everyone who I met was going around clock-wise, just as I was. I did get slightly confused around the river near the beginning, mostly because I didn’t remember some bits of it from a couple of weeks before. It just goes to show how easy it is to miss when walking with a group of people, I guess.
There was almost no wind this time, although the tops were a little clouded in, at least to the point that Kapiti Island was completely hidden, as was pretty much everything in that direction. The ridges over to the east, on the other side of the range, were just visible through the drifting cloud.
It went well, and in the end it was basically a brisk walk without any lengthy stopping (2 minutes max). In its entirity it took 3 hours and 10 minutes, which I was very impressed with considering it took us 6 hours and 40 minutes last time, and I wasn’t expecting to get through it any faster than about 4 hours at the best. In detail, I left the road at 10.50am, reached Kapakapanui Hut at 12.10pm, Kapakapanui Trig at about 12.50pm, and back to the road-end at almost 2pm. (Actually about a minute before for the pedantic.) This was all at a very brisk walking pace, and I only had about three stops for a couple of minutes at a time for some yummy yummy energy chocolate, so it’s not really realistic as a group time, unless it happens to be a group of very fast-walking people.
I’m sure one of those crazy mountain-running lunetics could do it in a couple of hours or even less (although I’d think that would be quite amazing), but personally I feel quite good right now.