Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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Base map extracted from NZ TopoOnline June 2006. Crown Copyright Reserved.

We left The Bracken at 8am and let up with more people at the Lower Huia Dam. From there we walked along the Huia Dam Road, going on to Smithís Road at the head of the Lower Huia Reservoir. We stopped for elevenses at the end of Smithís Road, a stop cut short by the cold weather.

From there we entered the bush, climbing up the Hamilton Track to Summit Track. About halfway along the Summit Track towards Nihotupu Ridge Track we stopped for our lunch.

Helena talked about the artist Albrecht Durerís famous work The Praying Hands and the story of sacrifice his brother Albert made so that Albrecht could study and become a famous artist (see  This was related to the sacrifice talked about in Philippians 2: 1-11, being that of Jesus Christ going all the way to the cross for each one of us.

We returned to the car park at Huia down the Nihotupu Ridge Track and Parau Track to complete a smorgasbord of road travel, easy bush tracks, some slipping in the mud, thinking about God and getting a good workout. We relaxed over coffee at the cafe in Huia before heading home.

COST: $5