Altitude: 1051m to 1445m. Gain: 397m. Loss: 252m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
Heading south from Otutu Hut, keep an eye on the eastern bush edge. The track is poorly defined and featured only a coupe of poles on my visit. Crossing the highpoint south of Otutu then swinging east it drops to the bushedge, where a good marked, cut track starts - indicated by a triangle on the bushedge.
The track drops steeply to the small creek (normally easy - dry feet - but could flood in really heavy rain), then climbs the opposite valley side, soon emerging into clearings. A climb up the tussock ridgeline, dotted with beech follows to reach the Manson tops. The poled route crossed the Manson highpoint & drops to meet the main track at a signposted junction 200m east.