By Emily Cordell, Northwestern Missouri State University 

After a suggestion from a coworker, Sam, Andy and I decided to make the hike up to Sunrise Hut in Ruahine Forest Park on Friday, 23 June.

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With a steep, two-hour hike in the dark and rain (and nearly turning around a few times) we finally made it to the hut which had a kitchen area and 20 bunk beds.

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We met a couple locals and were also joined by a high school group of about 15 which made it a full house.IMG_0404

Unfortunately, the next morning was cloudy and foggy so we were unable to see the sunrise but the views we did have and the memories we made were well worth it.

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