Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author
Altitude: 427m to 912m. Gain: 539m. Loss: 54m . Gradient: 16 deg (Moderate)
The turnoff to Wharite is a few meters upriver of the Mangaatua junction in Coppermine Creek. From here, a cut, marked track climbs moderately steeply to the south to ready the ridgeline. Once there it swings west, climbing more gently through regenerating bush and later leatherleaf to reach the summit of the Ruahine Range. Swinging SW it passes over 3 small beaks and saddles before climbing to Wharite Peak. Wharite is unmistakable, on account of the large transmission tower located there. It is the top end of Wharite road, which though private is generally open to the public..