Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author
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, and is well marked and well traveled. The descent to pt1045 on steep, slippery clay-pan can be dodgy when wet. At pt1045 the track cuts south across a claypan / fine scree face to the west of the peak to reach a saddle beyond - and this section is steep and not well marked.
At the saddle south of pt1045 the track enters bush, and is well cut and well marked (2014) as it zigzags down to the Ngarurora river which it crosses on a swingbridge 700m downriver of Kiwi Mouth Hut. A track runs up the east side to the hut. I've never spotted the 'short-cut' track shown on maps dropping directly to the hut - and suspect that it no longer exists.