Crazy Stream Walk v2.0
Trip Start Oct 06, 2011
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Anyway, if you've ever tried to put on a swimming wetsuit, you'll know how much of a battle it is, and how ridiculous you look doing it... cue much wobbling on one leg, and falling over. The family sat peacefully eating their picnic lunch at the top of this stream must have wondered what on earth this group of weirdos was doing. Ah well. Their loss!
The stream started as it meant to go on
Tom, our intrepid Belgian guide, had done this walk 5+ times before and he said he'd never seen the water level this low. Probably because we haven't had any rain this summer. So anyway, there were some places where he expected there to be jumps into pools below... but there was no water, just the river bed, aka a pile of stones. Well, that created some interesting jumps! Luckily there was actually some water in the stream further down. So we got to do heaps of awesome jumps into some rock pools... see videos attached :)
The stream ran through a valley in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges - it was deserted, completely rugged and so beautiful. I thought the scenery was even better than the Pararaha Stream... maybe because it was even further into the middle of nowhere!
Towards the end of the walk there was a biiiiiiiig as jump into a large pool below
Another beautiful spot in the Waitakes, so hard to believe it's less than an hour away from Auckland...