Altitude: 887m to 963m. Gain: 117m. Loss: 99m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
From the Whirinaki Roadend, follow the forestry track west toi a large, once-swampy clearing shown on topo maps, swinging south then sharply west to meet the aptly named NE/SW Main Road. Turning left (SE) along this, a low saddle is reached after about 1.5km where there is a crossroads with a minor forestry track. This is not signposted, but turning right (south) here leads 200m downhill on a rough 4WD track to the site of the former Matakuhia Saddle Hut. Here there is a carpark, signpost, intentions book, and the start of the Matakuhia valley track.