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Dun Saddle and Coppermine Saddle circuit – Sunday 22 April 2018

Our group of nine trampers set off from the Matai Dam carpark round 8.30am in the cool of the morning. We decided to walk to Coppermine Saddle first, then cross to and descend from Dun Saddle. The idea was to avoid having our backs to bikers speeding down the track from Coppermine for some of the walk. It may have helped as on the return journey, we avoided surprises and the few bikers who passed us were on the lower sections of the track. 

The brisk morning warmed to a glorious sunny autumn day. From our morning (and afternoon) tea stop located about halfway between the saddle and the dam, we enjoyed clear views of Tasman Bay and beyond. We reached Coppermine Saddle just before midday. Several years ago it was a bare saddle. Now it’s decorated with information boards, a picnic table, toilet and bike racks! Fortified with snacks, we crossed through the bush to Dun Saddle on a well-marked track. On the way we heard, but didn’t see, kaka. As always the 360° views from Dun Saddle were awesome.

The walk back to the dam and cars which we reached about 4.30pm was uneventful. Overall, a pleasant walk on a gorgeous day.