Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

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Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby handydog » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:53 pm

I am planning a drive up the rivers on the 9th and out on the 10th. Most likely overnight at the Macaulay hut.

Any other vehicles wish to come along?
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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby hippy_ » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:56 pm

Bugga crossing the Macaulay river when its flowing like that...... That big hole will be well hidden. If the rivers down to semi normal flows, I could be tempted.

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby handydog » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:37 pm

the holes move around. Just need to read the river flows and walk the crossings first if they look at all doubtful or deeper than a foot. Pillocks managed to submerge their truck Christmas eve in a hole.... and the river was very low....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8120875 ... deep-water

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby hippy_ » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:43 pm

I hear ya. Ive been up that river a few times, mostly by myself for a day trip. Im well aware of the pit falls.

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby Taz » Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:10 pm

Don't go unprepared mate. You'll need at least one vehicle with a sun roof :lol:
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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby hippy_ » Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:41 pm

Taz wrote:You'll need at least one vehicle with a sun roof :lol:


Check.

You coming down, if I went, I'd need a boy to do the swimming!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby IcedJohnno » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:16 pm

You will need at least three I-phones then!

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby handydog » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:48 pm

No i-phone here... river crossing will not be a problem.

sunroof only opens 3 inches so will be a tight squeeze, lol
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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby hippy_ » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:55 pm

IcedJohnno wrote:I-phones


Whats a I-phone?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby handydog » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:48 pm

Still going tomorrow... Any other vehicles?

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby hippy_ » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:57 pm

There are heavy rain warnings for the area tomorrow....

Good luck.

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby handydog » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:49 pm

...will post some pics when i get out again then. ....saturday?

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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby Taz » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:24 pm

I'm there in spirit mate haha. Have a good one and lay off the pies in case you need to make an emergency dash to your roof for cell reception.

You doing any hunting?

Blair_ wrote:Check.

You coming down, if I went, I'd need a boy to do the swimming!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Re: Macaulay / Godley valley 9 & 10 January

Postby handydog » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:26 pm

River was low and clear on the way in. Just the normal three crossings at the end of the road about 18 inches deep.

Got about 10km up the valley and the river had gone from milky to a nasty brown with a lot of new rubbish and bits of trees coming down it. Run into one lot of quick sand in the riverbed :? but managed to find reverse in just enough time to get out.

Unable to cross the river safely onto the next section of grass flats so abandoned the trip and headed out.

Final crossing to road end had gone from easy to dangerous in the couple of hours we had spent trying to find a route up the valley.
Got washed / floated about 20 metre past the desired exit.
Same crossing that was a foot and a half on the way in, was 6 inches up the windows on the way out :oops:

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