From Tamaki Roadend / campsite to Otamaraho Stream park boundary via park boundary route/track
Distance: 7.0 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Hard terrain
Altitude: 383m to 579m. Gain: 427m. Loss: 374m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Several hours of hard going, of untanging creepers from your pack, of unintentional slides down hillsides, and cursing of the untracked Southern Ruahines in general were required to reach the Rokaiwhana Stream from the Otamaraho. Basically, I stuck close to the park boundary, but far enough away to avoid the worst of the scrub and headed NE over the two spurs. The first was steep, tangled and OK in bush. The second was scrubby and terrible, and the paddock on the other side of the fence proved a strong temptation.

Once in the Rokawhana, I headed downstream to the forks (outside the park, but on Queen's Chain), and then took the eastern-most branch due north back into the park. Finally we're into good tall podocarp bush and good travel. After 2.5km the track shown on maps starts on the eastern bank (well cut and marked in 2007 - may be different now). The hut shown here is long-gone.

The track was then easy going to reach the Takapari West roadend / campsite 2km away.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-03-04 00:35:33. Experienced: 2007-01-01
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