Altitude: 466m to 579m. Gain: 18m. Loss: 130m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
A good riverbed route runs down the Tukituki from the base of the Longview track (500m downriver from Daphne). The valley floor is mainly flat and travel is on river banks, not in the river. A few bouldery sections, and occasional river crossings - but easier going than the gorge further upriver. The river is generally knee deep in normal flows, but would be impassable after rain.
Two major forks are passed on the true left. The first marks the base of the track down from Black Ridge / Tarn Biv and is marked by DOC triangles.
The second is at the downriver end of Governments Spur. Good campspots exist on flats 150m up this northern fork, but the first 100m are tight and a scramble.