Altitude: 466m to 1670m. Gain: 1929m. Loss: 1350m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
Altitude: 467m to 863m. Gain: 396m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 17 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
This route is a crown-land alternative to the more popular route across private land which climbs the spur at the southern end of Hinerua Spur.
From the forks at the downstream base of Government Spur, head up the northern fork of the Tukituki. The valley starts tight and it's a scramble over debris for the first 100m. After this good flats open on the western bank, where good campspots exist.
Pass the creek shown on maps 300m up from the forks, and climb the next spur on the eastern side. This starts off steep and scrubby, but soon becomes a good beech spur with good game trails to follow. The spur tops-out on the cut, marked DOC track 100m south of pt908, and just inside the park boundary.
Altitude: 873m to 1058m. Gain: 215m. Loss: 32m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
A good, cut, marked track runs north up Hinerua Spur from pt908 through mature bush. A signpost marks the track junction on pt1061.
Altitude: 1027m to 1077m. Gain: 50m. Loss: 51m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
A good cut track runs west from the signposted track junction to Hinerua Hut, crossing a couple of saddles. Hinerua Hut is located int he 2nd clearing, looking south down the valley. Don't be alarmed by it's absence in the first!
Altitude: 780m to 1075m. Gain: 65m. Loss: 304m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
The route down from Hinerua to Smiths Stream is badly shown on maps, and is a route, not a track.
From Hinerua Hut, head west along the track towards the tops for 100m to a signposted track junction - the turnoff the Smiths Stream Hut. Here a track drops north, sidles round the top of a slip on the eastern valleyside, and then descends steeply to the stream on short grass / loose dirt of an old slip. By this time the track is a poorly marked route. Once in the stream, the route follows the stream down, with occasional marked detours round tricky sections. The route reaches Smiths Stream at the forks shown.
Smiths Stream is knee deep in normal flows, but would be difficult after rain. Steep valleysides mean that sidling to avoid a crossing is not an option.
From here, head up Smiths Stream in the riverbed. The banks are solid scrub, and the riverbed is on large rounded stones - so it is slow going. Pass the forks below Smiths Stream Hut, taking the western fork. 100m beyond, grassy flats finally open on the northern bank. Exit the riverbed here onto these flats, and nose around for the marked DOC track climbing the face behind. Smiths Stream hut is 20m above the river on a small terrace.
Altitude: 1459m to 1670m. Gain: 211m. Loss: 174m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
From the knob where Broken Ridge forks, drop south (on a 190 degree bearing in bad weather) down a spur that heads for the saddle with Ohuinga. Swing west off the sour onto the saddle (this turn again is hard to spot in bad weather), dropping into tall tussock and leatherleaf. Beyond the saddle, a 200m climb follows up the defined spur, still in thick tussock and low leatherleaf, to reach Ohuinga highpoint.
A cairn marks the summit, and the junction with the routes to Tarn Biv / Black Ridge to the SE, and Iron Peg / Purity Hut (etc) to the NW.
Altitude: 1297m to 1670m. Gain: 239m. Loss: 605m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
A steep descent off Ohuinga, initially through tussock and then along the edge of several large slips - some of which are better negotiated on the eastern side. A good ground trail exists. A small climb to 1496 is followed by good long flat sections of easily traversed tops past several large tarns (good camping spots with views). The biv can be seen from the top of the final climb after the second large tarn.
Altitude: 599m to 1315m. Gain: 720m. Loss: 19m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
From Daphne Biv the route heads 200m up the creek bed (at least 2 crossing recommended, but could be done on the TL with some scrambling) to the sidecreek shown on the map. River is knee deep in normal conditions, but can become impassible after rain.
Track markers indicate the start of the steep climb to Black Ridge. Track is steep and suffers from slipping and windfall as it climbs the initial face. Going improves on the spur on a solid surface in mature bush. A good, steady 600m climb on a cut, marked track.
Emerge onto rocky tops 200m before pt1285. As with Longview, this section of the range gets very strong winds in a westerly - stronger than on the main range. A signposted track junction on pt1285 indicates the alternative track dropping east to the park boundary lower down the the Tukituki. (1-2 hrs Daphne -> pt1285)
Tarn biv is 1km beyond across mostly flat, exposed tops. The biv is tucked to the east of the small summit ridge, and gets some shelter from the westerly, but it is an exposed place. (30 mins - 1 hr pt1285 to biv)
Altitude: 579m to 613m. Gain: 15m. Loss: 35m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
Head downriver from Daphne Hut. Usual route is to cross the river at the hut, descend the last of the flats to the 1st forks. River then enters a gorge and frequent crossings are required downriver. River is generally knee deep but can easily flood. The next forks are 500m downriver. A DOC triangle on the downriver, southern bank marks the start of the track up the spur to Longview.
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.