North Shore Tramping Club
Crosbies Hut, built in 2010, and offers panoramic views of the Coromandel main range; north towards Maumaupaki and Mercury Bay, west from the Firth of Thames to Table Mountain, and east the upper Kauaeranga Valley. The lights of Whitianga are
visible at night.
Tramping from Waiomu Road end up pass Waiomu Kauri Grove and up to Crosbies clearing, settlement and the hut. This is a long steep climb up (abount 4 hours) to the main junction at 690m. After the junction the walking gets easier. With medium-party speed, the first day tramp should take about 6 hours. Just imagine how well deserved that dinner is going to be. The second day is back to the main junction and then turn left and take the Te Puru track down. This track will include some river crossings.
Tramp into Crosbies hut via Te Puru Track (about 4-6 hours). Those who arrive early at the Crosbies Hut and have time and energy to spare, can leave their packs at the hut and walk to Orange Peel Corner and back before spending the night at the hut. The second day, retrace your steps to the main junction through Crosbies settlement and take the Waiomu track down, passing the Waiomu Kauri Grove on the way.
If the bus is left at Te Puru (this will depend on the driver’s choice of track/group going up), you can wait at the Waiomu Road end for the bus to pick you up or walk the 4km from Waiomu Valley Road, through coastal walk to Te Puru Creek Road end (about an hour).
Depart: 8am Saturday, 18 August from the carpark, cnr Auburn & Como Streets, Takapuna
Return: Late afternoon Sunday, 19 August
Bookings: Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org / 027 410 6001.
Organiser: Monika - phone 022 043 4781 or email here.
Map: Online / Printable / GPS
More Information: The hut is situated in an old farming settlement that was established in 1880, with Thomas Hunter Crosbie being the first settler. Access was by foot, horseback or horsedrawn 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.