Cluden Station/Lauder Basin, Waitangi Day, Feb 6, 2015

691 COOL LUNCH SPOTTrip Report by Neil McGill.

Photos of the trip here.

It’s always a buzz going on a brand new trip even knowing that we were risking getting into trouble in the snow covering the tops which came through last night.

Eight trucks showed up at the Cromwell Big Fruit at 10.00am and later we met Pam at Tarras and welcomed visitor Steve and his daughter Celine from Wanaka who found us on the website and asked to come along.

New member Ian also came on his inaugural club trip in a smart looking Landrover 110.

We dropped down into Cluden stream not far from Tarras on the Lindis Pass side and 8kms later came to the DOC gate onto the public easement over private property Cluden Station.

As we climbed the views back over the Tarras valley towards Mount Aspiring were awesome and before long we were into the snow which dropped in last nights storm. No big deal we only had a couple of snatch strap tows to get everyone over the steep slippery spots.

With the strong wind chill factor it was icy cold and we searched out the DOC Lauder Basin hut deep in a sheltered creek valley for lunch. This hut is built entirely of corrugated aluminium.

Then back up to the tops in a freezing wind and wide views of the Maniototo before dropping down a ridge past the Lauder Station buildings and onto Loop road not far from Cambrians and St Bathans.