Altitude: 621m to 1287m. Gain: 114m. Loss: 709m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
From Manson hut, climb 50m back to the ridgeline track. The poled route runs south along exposed tops & is well marked & well travelled. The descent to pt. 1045 on steep, slippery clay-pan can be dodgy when wet & at pt. 1045 the track cuts south across a clay-pan/ fine scree face to the west of the peak to reach a saddle beyond - this section is steep & not well marked. At the saddle south of pt. 1045 the track enters bush & is well cut & well marked (2018)) as it zigzags down to the Ngarurora River which it crosses on a swingbridge 700m downriver of Kiwi Mouth Hut. An excellent track runs up the true left side of the river to the hut. I've never spotted the 'short-cut' track shown on maps which drops directly to the hut. I suspect it no longer exists.