Length: from 7.0 up to 9.0 days
Distance: 96.6 km (54.6 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 459m to 1618m. Gain: 5304m. Loss: 5059m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)

A winter circuit through the northern Kaweka's.


NZTM2000: 1882365, 5669691 (alt: 634m)

Oamaru hut is a busy spot – occupied 1 night in 3 on average. There are a huge number of fly-in hunters, despite being so close to the road. The alternative access route from Poronui Station (downriver) is a poled route on the scrubby banks and is signposted 3-4 DOC hours. The Oamaru river below is deep & clean and good for a dip.

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-03 15:34:49

Distance: 5.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 634m to 701m. Gain: 96m. Loss: 51m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The stroll upstream from Oamaru Hut is easy, tussock flats alternating with bands of scrub – a well traveled, poled track. After 3km it reaches the bushedge, where a typical Kaweka 1.5m-wide highway through the bush starts. From the bushedge it’s a further 3km to the confluence with the Otorehinaiti Stream.

The Oamaru River track runs 100m away from the river at the confluence, so if you intend on heading up the Otorehinaiti then keep an eye on your map to pick out the spot you need to drop to the creek and cross.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-03

Distance: 3.5 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 683m to 744m. Gain: 79m. Loss: 19m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Track

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-18

Distance: 5.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 743m to 1041m. Gain: 88m. Loss: 386m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A poled route heads up the Ngaruroro from the airstrip below Boyd Lodge, crossing the river after 1km. This crossing is knee deep and fast in normal flows and can become impassible.

The poled route then climbs east to the bushedge, before a cut, marked tramping track takes over, crossing Waitawhero Saddle and dropping into a broad valley containing a tributary of the Oamaru. The track sidles this on terraces on the western bank.

The main Oamaru river is reached after 2km, and must be crossed (small and ankle-knee deep in normal flows). A signposted track junction for tracks to Oamaru Hut and Cascade Hut lies 100m beyond just before the next sidecreek. Good campspots also exist here.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-18

NZTM2000: 1873800, 5661200

Serviced Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

Distance: 5.9 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 935m to 1222m. Gain: 294m. Loss: 244m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A rough poled route heads down the valley from Boyd Lodge, passing the airstrip on the western side. Poles are sporadic, and it is possible to lose the track across open low tussock.

The track crosses the Ngaruroro River (less than knee deep, 3m wide, but could flood easily after rain), and passes below a steep truncated spur of vertical river gravel. Soon beyond a metal signpost on the eastern bank marks the turn east out of the valley to Tussock Hut. This is the start of a 2m wide Kaweka 'highway' - a well maintained cut, marked track through first Manuku scrub and later beech forest. This climbs gently to the summit before dropping into the head of the Harkness and exiting the beech just above and opposite Tussock Hut, Poles lead the lad few hundred meters to the hut. 1h45-3hrs

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-03. Experienced: 2012-09-02

NZTM2000: 1877815, 5659937 (alt: 1083m)

Tussock Hut is true to the Kaweka form. A well-refurbished 6-bunk hut with a large covered deck round two sides. Tank water and sink on the deck, woodburner inside. Facing west across the tussock-covered valley, it’s a lovely spot in the western sun on a clear evening.

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 04:01:48

Distance: 3.6 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1072m to 1265m. Gain: 179m. Loss: 267m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From the Otore biv, there is a footpad and, initially, occasional tape marking an alternative route to Tussock Hut that stays high to avoid as much bog as possible. It's mostly open under the beech so you can pick your own route.

Created by: Bernieq on 2017-08-07. Experienced: 2016-04-06

NZTM2000: 1878325, 5662197 (alt: 1163m)

A small, one-bunk bivouac on the south-eastern side of Otore Clearing.

The Otore clearing is open – a mixture of marsh and tussock. The small Otore Biv is tucked away on the south-west side. There is 1 bunk, but no mattress, a water tank and a cooking bench. Space for a tent has been cleared next to the biv.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-03
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-03 15:34:14

Distance: 1.5 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 1074m to 1168m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 94m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Heading south from Otore we sidle the valley on the west side of the creek. The bush has become scrubbier below the clearing and it is slow going. Several side-creeks, each in it’s own steep-sided gully, add additional challenges. Finally, sticking 150m-or-so from the creek, we emerge into the open tussock flats of the upper Harkness. The first 200m of the 'clearing' is thick with thigh-high scrub, and painful going. However, angling downriver and towards the creek, to where we can see good tussock, we soon reach good going. A creek joins from the east, and below it we pick up Warratahs and a narrow foot-worn track – the route from Mangatainoka Hut to Tussck Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05. Experienced: 2015-02-06
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-01-16 01:18:49. Experienced: 2015-02-05

Distance: 1.3 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1070m to 1094m. Gain: 28m. Loss: 26m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the point where it crosses the Harkness, the poled route climbs the western valley side and sidles close to the bushedge as it heads south. Swinging west it follows the bushedge 500m up the side valley to reach tussock hut. The route is not cut, but is reasonably well poled and a good ground trail exists.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-02-10. Experienced: 2015-02-07
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-01-15 21:50:09. Experienced: 2015-02-07

Distance: 5.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 944m to 1089m. Gain: 73m. Loss: 195m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The head of the Harkness at Tussock Hut lives up to the hut's name – a broad, gentle, V of a valley, clad in golden tussock. The track crosses the trickle of a stream and sidles the western face. The valley becomes slowly scrubbier as we head downstream – tussock becoming low scrub , later rising to waist height. The poled track changes from a foot-worn slot between tussocks to a full 1.5m-wide, cut Kaweka track. The gentle valleysides become steeper and rocky, and finally the track abandons efforts to sidle and drops to the Harkness River – now a couple of meters wide. Some 20 crossing follow – most of which can be hopped across with dry feet intact, but near the end there’s one which always catches me out. Fill your boots! The route should be navigable in all but extreme rain,

The track junction (on the western bank at the major forks) for the turnoff to Harkness Hut is signposted.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 4.6 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 811m to 1050m. Gain: 212m. Loss: 345m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Below the Harkness forks the track remains on the valley for for a further 2km with a handful more stream crossings. The stream is knee deep (normal flows) at most crossings, but still quite narrow - 2 to 3m wide. The track then climbs the western valleyside through mature beech forest and sidles the remaining 3km before dropping to Ngaawapurua Hut 50m upriver form the forks with the Ngaruroro. 1.5-3 hrs

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-07. Experienced: 2012-09-02
Last updated by: Reidpaulnz at 2018-06-10 04:44:53

NZTM2000: 1880375, 5652176

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 4.6 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 811m to 1050m. Gain: 345m. Loss: 212m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Ngaawapurua Hut the track heads north climbing & sidling along the western side of the valley for 1 km through mature beech forest, before swinging NW-N & continuing to sidle in to & out of narrow, 2-3m wide streams (knee deep in normal flow) for another 2 kms. The track drops into the valley floor for the next 2 km with numerous side-creek crossings leading up to the Harkness forks.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-07. Experienced: 2012-09-02
Last updated by: Reidpaulnz at 2018-06-10 04:44:53

Distance: 0.7 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 943m to 980m. Gain: 42m. Loss: 5m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The track junction for the turnoff to Harkness Hut is signposted up the NE fork, and another broad Kaweka track heads up the north-east fork towards the hut, crossing the creek another 4 times. You can see the hut clearing on the northern slopes ahead, where tussock valley transitions back to beech. It’s a brief rocky scramble up the track to the hut, some 40m out of the valleyfloor.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

NZTM2000: 1879745, 5656535 (alt: 980m)

Harkness is another standard forestry 6-bunker, pimped up in Kaweka style. 40m above the valley floor on a small clear spur. Lagged and lined, a large deck across the front, woodburner and sink fitted - a comfortable spot. On a cold morning, with frost coating everything in the valley floor below, you appreciate that you made that last climb to this warmer spot.

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 04:14:47

Distance: 3.8 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 974m to 1483m. Gain: 560m. Loss: 122m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Harkness we continue along the central Kaweka highway. To warm-up there’s an easy 800m section along the valley floor, but then the climb starts. The broad track climbs steadily up the meandering ridgeline, reaching exposed tops 1km before the hut. The tops route is poled and clear.

A junction with a well-trodden track, heading north from the summit, is not marked on maps or signposted. However, it appears to lead off along the tops towards Mangatainoka Hut.

Te Puke Hut nestles in a beech-covered basin at the head of a small sidecreek on the southern side of the ridgeline - 100m off the track. The junction is signposted.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

Distance: 8.1 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 694m to 1503m. Gain: 113m. Loss: 846m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Te Puke, follow the poled route west for 300m to the top of the hill, and turn north on a well travelled trail towards the trig. This ground trail branches at the trig, with one fork heading NE along the tops. Follow this over Te Pukeohikarua and over the next saddle, swinging briefly west to another unnamed peak which is sidled on the western face. The trail becomes less and less clear as you progress, but going is relatively easy through tussock and low scrub.

You are now at the northernmost point of the clear tops, as shown on the map, 500m ENE of pt1429. From here, follow the spur running just west of north down to the river. The first section is scrubby, but can be bypassed by remaining on the western face in clear subalpine vegetation. Once the beech becomes tall enough, cut right onto the spur and follow it down all the way to the river. Careful navigation is required where the spur 'kinks' to avoid dropping to sidestreams.

Once in the valley floor, travel in in the riverbed. This is stoney and clear of vegetation, but the first 2km (to the first major forks) suffers from numerous logjams and a few scrambles are required. Below this the riverbed is clear and going is easy. Travel on the banks becomes increasingly possible. One small gorge can be negotiated in-water in normal flows. Numerous campspots exist below the first confluence, but none above.

The confluence with the Mangatainoka River is marked by two pieces of yellow tape on a tree. From here a marked, occasionally cur track runs downstream to Mangatainoka Hut, 1.5km away. Several crossings are required but are ankle deep in normal flows.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-02-09. Experienced: 2015-02-06
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-07-05 21:52:18. Experienced: 2015-02-06

NZTM2000: 1884672, 5662087 (alt: 719m)

A pleasant and little visited NZFS hut in the Mangatainoka valley. The hut sits at the downstream end of a large grassy clearing, 10m from the river. It features a woodburner (plety of firewood around). Water is from the stream.

Note that land downriver is private and permission is required (currently off Helisika) to travel down to Te Puia. The main access is from Tussock Hut via a marked route down the river. A good route also exists from Te Puke via the 2nd major creek upstream of Mangatainoka Hut.
Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17. Experienced: 2015-02-06
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-02-10 00:10:06. Experienced: 2015-02-06

Distance: 8.1 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 694m to 1503m. Gain: 846m. Loss: 113m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From Te Puke, follow the poled route west for 300m to the top of the hill, and turn north on a well travelled trail towards the trig. This ground trail branches at the trig, with one fork heading NE along the tops. Follow this over Te Pukeohikarua and over the next saddle, swinging briefly west to another unnamed peak which is sidled on the western face. The trail becomes less and less clear as you progress, but going is relatively easy through tussock and low scrub.

You are now at the northernmost point of the clear tops, as shown on the map, 500m ENE of pt1429. From here, follow the spur running just west of north down to the river. The first section is scrubby, but can be bypassed by remaining on the western face in clear subalpine vegetation. Once the beech becomes tall enough, cut right onto the spur and follow it down all the way to the river. Careful navigation is required where the spur 'kinks' to avoid dropping to sidestreams.

Once in the valley floor, travel in in the riverbed. This is stoney and clear of vegetation, but the first 2km (to the first major forks) suffers from numerous logjams and a few scrambles are required. Below this the riverbed is clear and going is easy. Travel on the banks becomes increasingly possible. One small gorge can be negotiated in-water in normal flows. Numerous campspots exist below the first confluence, but none above.

The confluence with the Mangatainoka River is marked by two pieces of yellow tape on a tree. From here a marked, occasionally cur track runs downstream to Mangatainoka Hut, 1.5km away. Several crossings are required but are ankle deep in normal flows.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-02-09. Experienced: 2015-02-06
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-07-05 21:52:18. Experienced: 2015-02-06

Distance: 7.0 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1285m to 1443m. Gain: 331m. Loss: 348m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Te Puke the track spends a lot of time on an exposed, bare ridgeline, dropping in between to long, flat saddles where stunted beech trees lap over the tops - at the limit of their range. In late summer, the whistles of sika serenade me from the faces below. There are no major climbs, but lots of short ups and downs over each peak. The tops sections are poled, and the bush sections well cut, so it is easy tramping, but exposed.

Finally, the narrow ridgeline broadens to wide, marshy tops – climbing, slowly drying as they rise, to reach the track junction on the flat summit.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

Distance: 0.5 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1362m to 1400m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 38m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Mangaturutu Hut is 600m along the NW fork from the track junction – the track dropping 60m through a band of beech as it commences it's descent along another narrow ridge.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

NZTM2000: 1887473, 5653604 (alt: 1354m)

Mangaturutu Hut is tucked in a small beech basin, on the sheltered north-side of the ridge. It looks out north, with views all the way to Mt Edgecumbe (Putauaki) above Whakatane. Not having received the standard Kaweka makeover it remains a stock NZFS 6-bunk hut with an open fire. Most trampers seem to bypass the hut, and it receives far fewer visitors than Te Puke or Venison Tops. Most use comes from fly-in hunters.

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 04:54:00

Distance: 0.5 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1362m to 1400m. Gain: 38m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Mangaturutu Hut, the track climbs SE, soon leaving the beech and climbing onto exposed rocky tops. The route is poled, and the track junction signposted - some 800m from the hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

Distance: 3.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1202m to 1450m. Gain: 302m. Loss: 253m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the track junction at the summit above Mangaturutu, the poled track to Venison Tops runs south over the open tops – easy going for 500m, when the low saddle(s) to Venison Tops open out below you. The track drops to a narrow ridgeline, losing 200m to the first saddle, climbing again 100m-or-so to cross each of two intermediate nipples above the low ridgeline. Beyond the third saddle, the track makes a final, steady 300m climb to reach the bushedge at Venison Tops Hut. It’s a well marked, well cut track, and I shouldn’t complain, but there’s a lot of up and down for just four horizontal kilometers.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

NZTM2000: 1886657, 5650503 (alt: 1450m)

Tira Lodge / Venison Tops Hut is a 3-room affair in the style of Triplex or Waipawa Forks. A central kitchen with a fire, and two 6-bunk bunkrooms off either side. The bunks are steel mesh, and sag - and the heat from the fire never reaches them. But otherwise it’s a nice hut, and hey – the kitchen’s warm.

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 14:41:29

Distance: 4.8 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1208m to 1603m. Gain: 431m. Loss: 278m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Heading south (uphill) from Venison Tops / Tira for 100m or so leads you to a signposted junction for Rocks Ahead (south) or the main Kaweka Range (east). Heading east, the track drops steeply to a beech-covered saddle, where it idles flat for a couple of kilometers before commencing its steady climb to Ballard. The 400m climb is continuous but good, the 1.5m wide cut track following the ridgeline as it weaves its way upwards towards the main Kaweka tops. Things become steeper and stonier once the bushedge is passed, and we climb through red clay-pan hollows in a landscape painted orange, yellow, grey by the sub-alpine plants and lichens of the Kawekas. Climbing further, the clay-pan is slowly superseded by bare fine stones, the colours of the sub-alpines by a diminishing scattering of grey-gold tussock. Until finally, nothing remains but bare rock and scree.

A large cairn on the summit marks the turnoff to Ballard Hut, accompanied by a standard steel-plate Kaweka signpost.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 16:19:05

Distance: 0.5 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1404m to 1603m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 199m . Gradient: 25 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the cairn at the summit, an unmarked route drops steeply north towards a saddle 200m below. At a jog, it takes just 10 minutes to descend the 200 vertical meters from the summit to Ballard Hut, which is hidden in beech on the saddle. The route is not marked or poled, but is fairly obvious.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 16:20:22

NZTM2000: 1890855, 5651398

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

Distance: 0.5 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1404m to 1603m. Gain: 199m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 25 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The steep climb south from Ballard Hut to the main track is not marked, but is fairly obvious - just head south up the steep face from the hut to the ridgeline. You leave the bush at the hut, and the entire climb is on gravel and tussock - exposed to the weather but a scramble, not a climb.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-05 16:20:22

Distance: 1.0 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1548m to 1618m. Gain: 70m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Heading east from the Ballard turnoff, the good news is that there is no real climbing left to reach the main Kaweka ridgeline, 1km of gently climbing ridgeline east to Whetu Highpoint. The route is marked with occasional poles, and follows the broad ridgeline.

The track junction just SW of Whetu highpoint is marked with a signpost.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-05

Distance: 0.6 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1558m to 1618m. Gain: 2m. Loss: 60m . Gradient: 6 deg (Flat)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A short 600m walk NE from the Whetu track junction takes you to another signposted junction at the top of Camp Spur (rising from the east). The route is sparsely poled over the stony gravel summit of the Kaweka range.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-06

Distance: 5.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1050m to 1579m. Gain: 157m. Loss: 649m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A steady descent of almost 600m in 5km on obvious track - just a few short ups for relief.

Created by: Bernieq on 2016-02-08
Last updated by: Bernieq at 2018-03-05 03:39:37

Distance: 2.5 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 979m to 1065m. Gain: 106m. Loss: 21m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good cut, marked tramping track follows the Makine ridge south west from the hut through mature beech forest. Several mistletoe sites are passed on the way, marked with blue markers. After 2.5km a signpost marks the junction of tracks onwards to Mangaturutu Hut (via the Makino valley to the west) and Ballard Hut / the Kaweka tops to the south.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-02-09. Experienced: 2015-02-06
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-02-09 23:33:47. Experienced: 2015-02-06

NZTM2000: 1894320, 5656637

Standard Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

Distance: 2.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 496m to 985m. Gain: 510m. Loss: 21m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Heading upstream from Te Puia Hut, the track soon reaches a swingbridge where a signposted track turns south to Makino Hut. The track is a basic tramping track and is steep and crosses clay-pan faces which will be slippery after rain. It is a steep 500m climb in 1.5km to the junction with the Makino Hut track, at the top of the face. The hut is 500m west along the track from the junction on the boundary between the shaded beech forest of the tops and the hot exposed manuka scrub to the west..

Created by: Madpom on 2015-02-09. Experienced: 2015-02-06

NZTM2000: 1894574, 5658562 (alt: 496m)

A large hut with two bunkrooms and a spacious kitchen / dining area on flats looking across the Mohaka River. The river is 20m away, and has good swimmable pools. Heating and stoves are provided (gas). Camping is allowed on the grassy flat outside, but note that fires are prohibited.

Most people visit the hut as part of a trip to the hot pools 45 (DOC) minutes upriver, where camping is also possible..

Serviced Hut

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17. Experienced: 2015-02-05
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-02-09 23:14:07. Experienced: 2015-02-05

Distance: 6.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 459m to 540m. Gain: 203m. Loss: 204m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Te Puia Lodge, the track follows beside the river for a short while before the first of 4 or 5 sustained climbs of 150 - 200m above the river, providing great views of the steep terrain. Zig-zags descend and climb before the final steep pinch to the carpark and a useful shelter.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-02-09. Experienced: 2015-02-05
Last updated by: Bernieq at 2016-04-16 01:04:30. Experienced: 2019-04-09

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