Altitude: 635m to 699m. Gain: 80m. Loss: 122m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
From the Kaipo swingbridge, there’s another 7km of travel along river terraces to reach the Oamaru Hut. For the most part this is a broad track, cool and shaded though mature beech forest. The river meanders nearby: sometimes visible, sometimes not, banks lined with tall toetoe.
Shortly before the hut this comes to a sudden end: the shaded bush stopping on a sharp, ruled line to be replaced by open scrubby tussock flats. 500m further downriver Oamaru Hut sits on a terrace at the confluence of the Oamaru and Kaipo – looking downriver over scrub to distant (felled) pineforest.