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Thread: How Busy is Oamaru Hut, Doc land March

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    How Busy is Oamaru Hut, Doc land March

    Hi All,
    Having recently done my first walk off Clements mill rd, and in 2020 a Helisika fly in further SE, a mate and I are thinking of doing a couple of nights at Oamaru hut DOC land in mid March.
    We meet a couple at Clements mill camp site who had just walked out from Oamaru hut and looking at them we decided if they could do it then so could we.
    Usual plan check out the river flats sun rise & set then either fish or hunt up a spur or side creek depending upon how many hunters are at the hut.

    So given that it's more of a walk in than Clements mill but still very much front country compared to where younger & fitter guy's will head too (ie Thunderbolt, Boyd etc) and a bit close in if you are paying for a heli-sika ride.

    Question is for those who have been there in Feb, March early April, how many hunters in the hut book over weekends, Just yourselves, or 2 or 3 or more parties?
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    Would say going on past experience that when it comes mid March, early April you'll need a tent if you wish to have any acreage to you selves. By then whose at the hut won't be the only hunters in the adjacent area.
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    What Te Tawa said. You would be better off fly camping an hour from the hut.
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    the walk in is easier from poronui but the con to that is you cant hunt your way there . ive been there waitangi and it was empty but that was 13 years ago so dont take too much stock in that. the walk in over te iringa is worth the effort as you might tip something on the way or find a spot thats been overlooked by others heading in
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    I’d definitely be taking a tent or fly
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    Wouldn't be going near there then but if you do.wear blaze blue

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    hunted north of the hut during the roar guys coming out saying its overflowing and people tenting on the lawn, also heard 8 gunshots after dark so
    just walk in te irringa and you can hunt the whole way in and tent up somewhere
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    Camp at the olld te iringa hut site would be a better option,can hunt either direction from there depending on the weather and wind,cold at that time of year though.
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    If your going to go into the Oamaru Hut then just walk in through Poronui Station.

    You canít hunt on Poronui until you reach the DOC boundary and if itís a hot day donít walk in the middle of the day as youíll just over heat.

    Walking through Poronui early morning or late afternoon youíll bump into a few animals and itís a great way to learn some animal behaviour.

    If your wanting to walk in from Clements up over Te Iringa then I wouldnít go any further than the Kaipo swing bridge.

    Plenty of stunning country just in that area alone.

    Campsites at the swing bridge and other camp sites dotted all the way up the Kaipo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventenths View Post

    If your wanting to walk in from Clements up over Te Iringa then I wouldn’t go any further than the Kaipo swing bridge.

    Plenty of stunning country just in that area alone.

    Campsites at the swing bridge and other camp sites dotted all the way up the Kaipo.
    Sure is a great part of the country, a great campsite about 100m up river from the swing bridge right beside the river. Not sure if there is handy water up at the old hut site?

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    thanks guys, was looking at the First or second weekend March. Late afternoon evening walk in across Poranui friday. Taking a fly and bed roll is not a problem but after the 11-12km walk in we won't be wanting to go far past the hut, particularly as its probably going to be getting dark unless the track is really obvious.

    Te Iringa sounds and looks nice.
    When we were at Clements Mill the week after New year the car park where Te Iringa starts was full which kind of put us off.
    Distance wise it's probably similar from CM Rd to Kaipo swing Bridge, just an extra 4-500mtr more up and down.

    Could always just head in from Te Iringa car park or re visit army road and camp were we stop.
    The amount of activity and night time shots is a bit off putting. 1-2 other parties and you can talk about where each party is planning to go the next morning. But a hut full and tents means a lot of guys aiming for a sun rise river flats hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZQLewis View Post
    after the 11-12km walk in we won't be wanting to go far past the hut, particularly as its probably going to be getting dark unless the track is really obvious.

    Te Iringa sounds and looks nice.
    When we were at Clements Mill the week after New year the car park where Te Iringa starts was full which kind of put us off.
    Z
    we did te iringa in the dark mid april (full moon) mate just about tripped over one having a nap on the track just after the old hut site. halfway down to the tikitik we stopped to listen to the heehawing and whistling,, and fly camped by a feeder to the tikitik didnt bump into anyone nut tdid have some trampers come thru on their way to cascade (doing it the long way)

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    The hut will be about chocka. Personally I'd carry light fly gear. Over Te Iranga, bugger all water at top, down to Tiki Tiki walk to junction of Kaipo. At junction take a turn to the left and head for Ohaoko saddle. Have a look at a topo. Camp at saddle. Hunt Ohaoko valley. Beautiful country, holds plenty. Used to possum in the area. Poronui guys tend to use bottom end as their meat safe. Good luck

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    I’d avoid Oamaru fullstop as it’s one of the highest occupancy huts in the North Island. Take camping gear and get away an hour or more from the hut.. Even Otore creek if you can be bothered going that far.

    A lot of deer in the area but also a lot of people.
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    I would do end of February and you would most likely have very few hunters there.

    Shot my first Sika hind not far from the hut in 2014, 6th February at 4.31pm at 764m elevation to be exact!
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