Altitude: 361m to 663m. Gain: 104m. Loss: 302m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
From the last forks in the Pakuratahi head south and pick up a defined spur swinging ESE. Vegetation starts open with very clear game trails. The ridgeline becomes scrubby, but goos siding, again on game trails, follows it just to the west, returning to the ridge for the last 200m to the western shoulder of Bawbaw.
The spur into the Waiorongomai can be hard to find heading south, and very good map&compass skills are required. It is easy to end up on the next spur north dropping into the head of the Waiorongomai, but the valley is barely navigable at this stage so don't do it!
The correct spur, once found, is narrow & well defined, but you must judge your moment to swing WSW towards the forks and avoid continuing south into the choked steep sidecreek.