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Oteake Overnighter - Omarama to Naseby: Feb 2023

By Kirsty Burnand

There once was a four wheel drive

Whose occupants loved Cromwell pies

They were late to depart

And so missed the start

So now relate to you this trip’s lows & highs

From back roads round Omarama

To Naseby, that isn’t too far?!?!

Two days it did take

To see a quartz lake!

And SEVEN huts! All met with a hurrah!

Day 1

We drove in with an extra hanger on

Who didn’t stick around for very long

A fine lunch spot was found

By a hut with nice surrounds

West Manuherikia Track, you can’t go wrong

A climb up to the Hawkdun Range

Caused our truck to struggle to gain

But with heater on full

And a rest up the hill

We climbed to the top of the plain

The views were epic that day

Aoraki! Mt Aspiring! No way!

We made it to the hut

NO FLAT TYRES, what luck!

Now to dinner & hit the hay!

Day 2

A horrible theme started to appear

We were last at packing out, I fear

But with a patient group

We finally few the coup

Before the rest of the four wheel drives disappeared

Some real four wheel driving was had

To get to the next little pad

Hut Creek Hut is the best

Far cuter than the rest

Beware the track out, it’s bad (or fun, if you like lots of mud!)

An epic ridge drive I highly rate

To a quartz lake & strange moonscape

Where Oscar played fetch

But got a little wet

Then back down to the final gate

Now we get to the end of this report

We scratched the surface of this land of quartz

So much more to explore

Another trip, we implore!

Next time, to Awakino Ski Resort?????

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