On 22/10/16 Ben, Karl and Clayton left Kiriwhakapa cap park at 8 40am in chilly conditions. We headed onto Blue Range hut for smoko. We arrived at 1030am to an empty hut. We departed at 11am heading to Cow Creek hut where we arrived at 1.30pm. We left at 2.30pm in improved conditions heading along the saddle track towards Arete Forks. This track was long and hard with many ups and downs. We ran into a windfall where Ben managed to find and hug some onga onga. We finally arrived at Arete Forks hut at 7pm after many short stops along the way.
Next morning we left at 9am heading down river towards cow creek hoping to cut our time in half as suggested in the hut book. After maybe an hour we decided we try to get back up to the track but after spending an hour getting no where we were back in the river. Half way down Ben was very cold so we stopped for an hour warming him up in the sun. From then on the pools became deeper and we were forced to swim. We finally arrived at Cow Creek at 3pm. After 30 minutes we left heading down the river track towards Mitre Flats. This was much easier travel but still challenging after our long day and we arrived at 7pm to a warm and mostly full hut. On Monday we joined Nigel for a leisurely walk out to the pines carpark and the end of our trip.