You’ve Got To Get Out to Crosbies Hut, Coromandel NZ

/You’ve Got To Get Out to Crosbies Hut, Coromandel NZ

You’ve Got To Get Out to Crosbies Hut, Coromandel NZ

Got To Get Out is a social enterprise all about getting people active, outdoors, seeing the world and making friends.  Since 2015, hundreds of people joined us for our organised trips around New Zealand.

For this adventure, a group of six hikers drove to the Coromandel Peninsula (New Zealand) from Auckland and hiked to the Crosbies Hut. The drive is approximately 3 hours from Auckland, and we opted to stop for a caffeine fix in Thames, only 20 minutes or so from the start of the hike at Waiomu.

The hike itself is of a moderate to hard intensity, especially in winter. You traverse approximately 9kms through beautiful rich regenerating bush and there are spectacular views from the hut once you get there.

 

We did this hike in winter, and you need to be aware of the gear you should take. Have a look at our blog “what gear to take during winter” but in short, you need:

  • Good quality boots (not shoes, the mud is really deep)

  • Waterproof rain jacket, optional wet weather pants

  • Gators (recommended) to stop mud getting into your boots

  • Merino layers

  • Quick-dry (not cotton) outer clothing

  • Beanie and/or hat

  • Walking poles (we didn’t take them, but not a bad idea)

  • Thick socks x 2

  • Water (though note, there is fresh water in the hut which is quite drinkable)

  • Shorts or leggings

In the hut you need

  • Sleeping bag and liner

  • Food

  • Gas cooker unless you want cold food!

  • Head torch

  • Fire lighter

All of the above gear is available at your nearest Macpac store. If you are booked on a Got To Get Out hike, you can get a great discount by quoting our secret code! Ask us about this. Find a store at www.macpac.co.nz

Of particular note are the tremendous ancient Kauri trees you walk through, which somehow have avoided the saw over the past few hundred years of mining and famring in the region. Sitting under these giants of nature puts life in perspective, and it has an incredible calming and soothing effect for hikers feeling frazzled from life in the city.

The hut and park are managed by New Zealand’s fantastic Department of Conservation, who have done a very good job with rodent control and track maintenance. You will note the traps throughout the hike, and dogs are not allowed. There has been some serious slips and flooding in the past few years in the region, which is the why the better-known Pinnacles Hut is not open at present.

You can read all about the hut and it’s facilities here. http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/coromandel-forest-park/things-to-do/crosbies-hut/ 

From DOC:

Crosbies Hut was built in 2010 and offers panoramic views of the Coromandel Main Range – north towards Maumaupaki and Mercury Bay and from the Firth of Thames  in the west to Table Mountain and the Upper Kauaeranga Valley in the east. The lights of Whitianga are visible at night.

The hut is situated in an old farming settlement established in 1880, with Thomas Hunter Crosbie being the first settler. Access was by foot, horseback or horse-drawn sledge. There are still some fences alongside the track leading up to the hut. The area became part of the Coromandel Forest Park in 1970.

At the hut site there is a memorial for two Swedish tourists who went missing while tramping in the area in 1989.”

One of the best parts of hiking with new people, is there are always excellent conversations to be had around the dining table, as people get to know each other. The Got To Get Out crew, in this case, stayed up late chatting about what gear to take with them on hikes, great adventures they have had, and how much they were enjoying being off their phones for the weekend (there is no phone reception out there in nature!). We also made friends with a fellow hiker who was sharing the hut.

If you are interested in getting outdoors with a fun group of adventure lovers, then join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/gottogetout and subscribe to our mailing list at www.gottogetout.com . We host regular events which are often free, so come to the next one if you’ve #gottogetout!

By | 2018-07-31T18:25:37+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Hiking, outdoors, Winter|0 Comments

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