Altitude: 473m to 781m. Gain: 418m. Loss: 367m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
From Army hut follow the 4WD track down stream to where the map shows a track heading southwards to the Whitestone River. There are no markers on the bush edge, look for a gap in the bush much closer to the stream leaving the bush then the map implies. An overgrown ground trail runs straight to the true right of the stream and then continues upstream with occasional pink tape markers. Travel is often best in the stream bed. Continue up the true right side of the stream (or in it) all the way to where tape markers lead you to the low saddle near Point 597. At no point were markers or ground trail spotted on the true left of the stream despite what the map says. Fairly good tape markers lead on towards the top of the clearing and on down to the Whitestone (all swamp and private property) on it's eastern side. Once around the corner I bush bashed straight down to the river. Cross to the true left of the Whitestone and head up river, avoiding farmland. There are no markers or track for this next part but simply enter the trees and continue to follow the river through open bush and then more river flats higher up, with good camping spots here. The first large, open valley entering from the east is the route up to the Kiwi Burn saddle. Climb the side valley and head towards a large orange triangle at the bush edge at the top of the valley. A marked track climbs to the top of the hill and then descends down into the Kiwi Burn. The track becomes very muddy as it skirts the bush edge, and passes by a track junction with the Kiwi Burn Circuit track. Lower down long flats are crossed and a large swamp just north of Kiwi Burn Hut is best avoided by ignoring the track markers near the stream and climbing to higher ground on the west of the clearing.