From the track junction, the track continues a further 500m west along the ridgeline, before finally veering sharply south off the final peak. Thus we commence a precipitous descent to the river. The broad Kaweka highway is gone – the track benched and cut only by the passing of feet – zigzagging its way down a narrow, crumbling slips and chutes. The descent goes on for ever – in and out of scree chutes, brief sidles between them. The out onto clay-pan faces – fine in the dry, but lethal after rain, ‘like butter spread on steel plate’. And still the river, far below.
Slowly, eventually, features on the valley-floor resolve into objects. We’re dropping to a semi-circular flat, trapped between a sweeping curve of the river and the steep sides of the gorge. A large, circular clearing in the middle of the flat – at first guessed to be the hut site - becomes a dry lakebed. The sea of green becomes tall, mature manuka – growing some 10m tall in this flat, protected spot.
We finally hit the valley floor, knees trembling. A short track leads to a junction: Kiwi Mouth & Te Iringa right, Kurikapango left. No mention of Cameron Hut.
Cameron turns out to be left, the track heading briefly downriver before swinging south towards the point of the peninsula. Cameron Hut sits in a moss-carpeted clearing 50m back from the river.