Traditional Kiwi Living
While the track is easy going and we can reach Fenella Hut comfortably in about 4 hours, we want to start our trip early to allow time for some further exploration. We can meet in nearby towns like Motueka, Takaka or at the car park – whatever works best for you.
Starting with a stroll across grassy meadows, the track gradually climbs towards the top of the valley but the ascent is hardly noticeable for the main part. Short sections through shaded beech forest allow us to cool down and we’ll pass two historic huts on the way; the restored Chaffey Hut built in 1953, and a tent camp used for deer culling back in the day.
Further on, a steeper climb leads us to Fenella Hut located on top of the ridge. Time to claim the best bunks and relax in the afternoon sun! From here, we can decide on how we want to spend the rest of our day: There are mountain tarns waiting to be explored, unique fauna and flora, lookouts over the National Park or a longer trip to Kakapo Peak. Once the light fades, we can stay out for some fantastic stargazing, get the fire on and prepare some dinner – well deserved after a day in the bush.
This is a must-do, I promise. It’s exciting, interesting and we’ll make sure that you really fall in love with this region’s backcountry surroundings – like I have.