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Smith Stream, Ruahines
Jun 4th, 2016 at 6:23am
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Walked into Smith Stream yesterday, parked up just above the Waipawa river on the farm entrance past Triplex Hut.

Took abit of a push into the hut and took the wife for her first look at a NZFS hut.













If you don't know the last 800 - 900m is down the stream, so be a bit carefull with the weather conditions, we had quite a bit of snow melt so it was abit nasty, poor old toes took a beating with the cold water in the boots.

Was disappointed with how the hut was left, had food left on the table including cheese slices, rubbish left in the fireplace including backcountry packets and empty tinned fish, the storage unit for the NZFS guys had been busted open and left empty and a distinct lack of firewood also tools left outside and for me a large amount of disrespect.  Angry






Spent some time knocking up firewood and left the hut with four new candles, firestarters, two separate rolls of toilet paper in glad snap bags, cleaned out the fireplace and buried the rubbish then swepted out the hut

Allot of deer sign on the way in, saw six, upset a stag and also got winded by some more deer in a creek on the way out, tempted to grab the tent and head back in tomorrow.



Also its cold in there in June.







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Reply #1 - Jun 4th, 2016 at 9:19am
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I wonder if the old log book is still there. As a young deer culler I slept in that bottom bunk many a night. 1965/66😉 a long time ago now..used to walk in from middle stream.
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Reply #2 - Jun 6th, 2016 at 9:08pm
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Hi Alan,

The hut book was started in 2014 and only had a couple of pages in it, so Smith Stream doesn't see to many visitors.

This must have been a pretty new hut back in 65, I'm guessing you have a few stories.

The walk in along the stream was hard going on the weekend, very cold and the frost didn't seem to lift so all the boulders were icy.
  

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Reply #3 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 6:57am
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Do you know the GPS coordinates - I'd kind of like to copy your initial post and paste into the Huts sticky section North Island South section.
  
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Reply #4 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 7:40am
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Good post thanks. Somewhere I have never visited.
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 7:20pm
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hay alan did you guys use huddle round the hop scotch pad in the evenings, Grin nice old hut, pity about the tossers with no respect.
  
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Reply #6 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 8:00pm
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Hey StagsRoar,

I don't mind if you want to copy this post to another part of the forum. I will have a look at my GPS when I get home and see if I can dig up the co-ordinates.

And yer its the first hut I have been in that had its own indoor Hop Scotch  Grin
  

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Reply #7 - Jun 9th, 2016 at 8:35am
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No fireplace, kaneo?
first went there for looksee while track cutting for NZFS at Hinerua
Needs some TLC it seems
  
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Reply #8 - Jun 11th, 2016 at 11:54am
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That looks like a great spot!  Still has a Forest Service notice on the wall too.  Despite what the cretens before you left that looks like a great example of an S70 in almost original condition.  Even looks like the fire surround was replaced not long ago.  Good on ya for restocking the wood and cleaning up.  We need more like you!
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 11th, 2016 at 10:42pm
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Hey mate great report. Have hunted the area a bit but don't anymore because of the trouble in the area. Hope you didn't get harassed by the crazy manager?.

Have never made it to the hut, what's the hunting like? looks tight and nasty. It's a shame a lot more people using N block rd these days.
  
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Re: Smith Stream, Ruahines
Reply #10 - Jun 12th, 2016 at 3:59am
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RuahineRowan wrote on Jun 11th, 2016 at 10:42pm:
Hey mate great report. Have hunted the area a bit but don't anymore because of the trouble in the area. Hope you didn't get harassed by the crazy manager?.

Have never made it to the hut, what's the hunting like? looks tight and nasty. It's a shame a lot more people using N block rd these days.



Your young age and the number of places that you have hunted is truly inspirational.
Obviously you followed your Dads heels for along time.

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Reply #11 - Jun 12th, 2016 at 8:12am
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I thought I would put up a few extra pics from the trip.

I have come across the manager awhile back and he was very hostile, I'm guessing he's seen his fair share of idiots and trouble, but to be fair he didn't really give me a chance to have a chat and let him know my intentions.

I didn't see him on this trip but I did see quite a few trail cams around and I thought if I shot something I would be taking photos and bringing its ears out to avoid any issues.

I have been in North block road a few times and I enjoy it, not for the sunrise hut though, I must have counted 20+ cars in that carpark before heading past to the Waipawa river.

The hut is as original as they get, had the old school open fireplace with the wire and hooks for your billy and stuff. This is what I'm guessing Arete forks looks like now TH?

The co-ords for the hut are E1871230 N5584191, elavation 813m

I didn't get as much hunting in as I would have liked, but there was plenty of sign and the snow had pushed the deer down, on the hut side of Middle stream was primo.

My original intention was to do a three day solo hunt and push on to the Hinerau hut, but after the wife spent one night in Smith Stream that was the end of that.  Sad













I bit of a wonky photo trying to get the flash working for the wife but you can see the fire in the back ground.



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Re: Smith Stream, Ruahines
Reply #12 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 5:09am
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Haha cheers Ice, come to think of it I have been to a few places and experienced some unreal hunting opportunities and I'm truly grateful  Smiley

Kaneo,

Yeah mate he's hostile alright, heard he even pulled a gun on someone last year  Angry every time we pull up he comes flying over having a rant and all kinds of threats, we even got trespassed for hunting on DOC land!!. Make sure you know your boundaries and your gps never lies  Smiley always wanted to hunt there in June when the stag are grouped up. Never seen deer on those middle stream faces(2nd to last pic) . Seen 6 deer off the track in summer once.

Have hunted Hinerua too but not from SS(heard the track's terrible), give me a PM next time you go in there. Might be able to help you out  Smiley
  
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Reply #13 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 12:11pm
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awesome photos kaneo

Roughly how long did it take you to walk in there?
  
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Reply #14 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 11:21pm
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You should be able to walk in to Smiths Stream somewhere around 4.5 to 5.5 hours depending on your fitness, weight your carrying and what level Smith stream is running at.

The stream can really slow you down when the level is up.

Cheers for the info RuahineRowan, will keep you in mind when I next head in there.
Also good job on the reports you have put up, I have enjoyed reading them Wink
  

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