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Daniel Hayes and friends have made two attempts of trying to get to King Solomon Stream via the Ohikanui River.

 

Daniel Hayes: Attempting Access from the Ohikanui River, February 2010

In Daniel’s words:

We had really good weather too. Blue skys with very little cloud. Ended up doing a day trip as my mate who hadn't yet had his PLB returned recommended not going too far and not wanting to disappoint he agreed to seeing what the Ohikanui River was like. We left Christchurch at 0400 arriving at the river just out of Westport a little after 8am. Then after getting ready we started walking. I was really surprised how warm the water was at that hour of the morning. I'd been in rivers like this before over the Coast but never this warm especially at that hour. Anyway walking continued until about 1400 at which we'd covered 9 miles through some stunning scenery. That was about the turn off point to the Corsair was. We rested for about 20-25 minutes checking out the area ( King Solomon valley was just over the ridge behind us) Then walked back to the road, getting there at a little past 8 pm, where we drove back to Christchurch, legs somewhat complaining! I didn't expect the river to be so hard going - half of the time 'walking' was in knee/hip deep water.

Was a great day, to finally do what I've wanted to do for years now. Even though we didn't make the site, it was still really nice to experience the bush walk. Definitely glad to say I learnt a lot . Can't wait to go in again which will be for 2-3 days in about 2-3 weeks, all as you know, weather providing. Some pictures from the trip included . My camera actually is a little worse off as one of the many times I fell over I went completely under water and my camera/GPS/Phone etc all came with me! All okay though as my mate recommended I sealed all electronics in a plastic sealed bag - thank god he did! Camera however has received moisture damage I think as although it works fine, if I leave the battery in it just dies very quickly. Take the battery out and its as good as gold ( after and before use)

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