Being down in Hawkes Bay for a bit of teaching and a family birthday – among it all we managed to find some spare time on Saturday afternoon to tick off another drive to summit. While the day was fairly calm on the ground, once we got to the top of the hill it was somewhat breezy. Warren had some old gear up at the summit and so had prior consent to access the site / summit and as it was no longer needed we took the opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone and recover that as well as activating the summit for SOTA.
This is drive to summit as mentioned above and access permission is required (see details below). It is relatively easy going for the most part though low vehicles would not be recommended.
Snowed capped ranges in the distance made for a good view across the countryside into the distance as Warren set up SOTA camp and got himself on the air. There were plenty of curious livestock (bulls) roaming around, thankfully they had plenty of feed about to keep them occupied. Warren had a successful activation of Kauahei and managed many contacts from both VK and ZL, after our last weekend it was great to hear so many people on the air taking part in the SOTA activity.
Summit – ZL1/HB-128 Kauahei
Height – 411 m
Access –Off middle road, farm track starts near an old woolshed north of the intersection with Te Aute Trust Road. Follow the track across farmland until you reach the cell towers.
Nominal time to summit –15 minutes from Havelock North, a further 15 minutes (depending on the number of gates to open and close) to the summit
Mobile and internet coverage from the summit –Full coverage. Telecom cellsite on site. Vodafone to the West.
Summit Marker – Cellsite.
Land Access Permission – Is required. Landowner is located on Middle Road. Message me for contact details.