I set off with two friends to hike to Fenella Hut and back. To get to the start of the track is about two hours drive from the centre of Nelson, it might look shorter on the map, but the roads are winding and a good length towards the end is unsealed road.
|The Cobb Valley|
At times the track wound through small pockets of beech forest which were a welcome break from the hot sun.
The river looked inviting for a swim, but be warned there were plenty of sandflies there.
Along the way, we came across some restored huts. You could stay in these if you wanted to revisit a simpler time.
|Chaffey Hut (top) and Tent Camp (bottom)|
|Fenella Hut interior|
... and rock gardens to explore.
The area around Fenella Hut and the Cobb Valley was a great place to look for flowers.
|Top L-R: Ranunculus insignis, Veronica canterburiensis, |
Bottom L-R: Caladenia lyallii, Ranunculus verticillatus, Euphrasia
The hike to Fenella Hut is an easy 4-5 hours. We chose to hike mid-week to avoid the crowds, so we had the hut and the hills to ourselves.
For more about hiking in the Cobb Valley see:
Department of Conservation http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/kahurangi-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/cobb-valley-tracks/
Although this was an easy hike in good weather, we followed good hiking practice and took wet weather gear, warm clothes and a PLB (personal locator beacon). We made sure someone knew where we'd gone and when we expected to be back. For more tips on safe hiking in New Zealand see: Adventure Smart http://www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures/