Altitude: 1056m to 1344m. Gain: 564m. Loss: 510m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
The marked route continues down the broad northern face of Mangahuka and onto a narrow ridge. There are with brief steep climbs to Simpson (1174m) and Wright (1196m) before the ridge broadens again for a long but easy climb up a broad tussock face onto Aokaparangi.
Two junctions are present on Aokaparangi. The first is reached 100m before the summit, and is with a cairned route dropping SSE to Aokaparangi Hut - a biv on the bushline below. The second junction is on the highpoint, and has a poled route dropping east to Mid Waiohine Hut in the valley below. Both junctions have signposts, but both are frequently missing - this is a windy, exposed spot.