Altitude: 422m to 548m. Gain: 162m. Loss: 36m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
A small 'Track' sign (pointing downriver) on the eastern bank of the Mangamate is all that marks the start of the Moerangi link track. The unmarked, unsignposted track is thankfully, clearly visible on the ground, climbing NE from the signpost on what, it becomes clear, is an old roadbed. The roadway is too eroded to drive in any vehicle, but a well trodden track (and stoat trap-line) has kept the old road open as a waling route.
Completely ignoring the straight line shown on the map, the roadbed zigzags and meanders its way up the spur ENE of the forks, finally setting in to sidle the northern face of the ridge. The road drops to cross 2 small streams, and then swings round another spur to approach the track junction from the NW (not SW as shown on the map).
As a result, when you hit the junction, the track to Moerangi is straight ahead, and the track to the roadend cuts back to your left (north).