Altitude: 551m to 820m. Gain: 293m. Loss: 299m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
Heading 200m SE along the track from Rodgers you come across a tree marked with a red dazzle blaze - just where the track meets the river. Crossing the river (knee deep, ok after moderate rainfall) another blaze is found on a tree opposite. Heading SSE across the marshy semi-clearing I found no more blazes, but picked up an obvious spur climbing towards pt794.
Once on the spur, blazes return and we climb a roughly marked, but completely uncut route to pt 794. Bush is relatively open with a few sections of scrub or windfall. The dazzle markers ceased somewhere before the highpoint.
Beyond pt794 we dropped to the saddle, sidling slightly east to avoid scrub, then climbed the ridge to the next unnumbered peak 200m to the SE, crossed another saddle, passed 1 spur on the NE, then sidled the face round the head of the next creek to the east, to pick up the 2nd spur, dropping ENE. The spur forks near its base, and we took the north-eastern spur. This deposited up at the small creek, which was easily crossed even after rain. 100m downstream on the eastern bank a clearing marked the site of the Wairoa Stream camp.