Length: from 14.0 up to 25.0 days
Distance: 257.2 km (72.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 3m to 1937m. Gain: 11969m. Loss: 11521m . Gradient: 5 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/5) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)

Possible coast to coast route. 2 x 4km sections of private land. Involves crossing the Landsboro and unmarked routes over Solution Range and Zeilan Pass.

Times have not been entered so ignore the hours above. Days should be accurate.

Not yet walked the eastern section of this.


NZTM2000: 1424011, 4989406 (alt: 104m)

Basic roadend campsite

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 28.2 km - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 108m to 1420m. Gain: 1520m. Loss: 208m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow formed road past Mt Stalker Stn to Obi highpoint. Note that legal road and formed road diverge so permission may be required.

Huts on way (Bog, Cayenne) are property of Mt Stalker Stn and permission would be required to use them.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1401802, 4993829 (alt: 1419m)

Trig point, Obi Peak, Kakanui Mountains

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 9.3 km - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1058m to 1515m. Gain: 624m. Loss: 524m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A ridgeline route crossing private land.

Alternative legal route is to drop to SH85 via Siberia Crk and return to range via Shag River - all DOC land / marginal strip.

Siberia headwaters are DOC land (not shown on this site, but see WAMS) - possible camping?

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1398650, 4999016 (alt: 1515m)

SE-most highpoint in northern section of Kakanui Conservation park

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 26.0 km - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 899m to 1603m. Gain: 853m. Loss: 1461m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Mainly old farm tracks along ridgeline. North of Nobbler is legal road - may diverge from formed road. Check with DOC for any conditions of use.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1392770, 5018899 (alt: 898m)

Road summit on Danseys Pass road

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-21

Distance: 4.1 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 643m to 899m. Gain: 24m. Loss: 280m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Road walk down Danseys Pass. An old pack-horse track runs just above the road, if you prefer it.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1389321, 5017820 (alt: 643m)

Roadend and 4WD access to Oteake Conservation Park from Danseys Pass road

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-21

Distance: 12.1 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 643m to 1575m. Gain: 1001m. Loss: 442m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A 4WD track heads up Timber Creek from the Danseys Pass Rd and climbs Mt Kyeburn. A further old 4WD track drops north from the summit later swinging west to the spectacular Buster Diggings. Mt Buster Hut is on the south face just before the diggings, just over the fence.

Timber Creek must be crossed at the start of the track. It is generally OK, but could become impassable after very heavy rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1384038, 5022074

Basic Hut/bivvy

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

NZTM2000: 1382019, 5029353 (alt: 847m)

Standard Hut with kitchen and two 4-bunk rooms. Woodburner in the kitchen (bring your own wood). Water from the creek. Mattresses.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-08-14 22:29:13

NZTM2000: 1375408, 5030031 (alt: 1336m)

Large, standard Hut. Bunks rooms, kitchen, store room. Coal range. Water from creek.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-08-14 22:00:45

NZTM2000: 1372183, 5029752 (alt: 1516m)

Basic DOC Hut. 4 bunks, open fire, no mattresses.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-08-14 21:59:44

NZTM2000: 1353972, 5037262 (alt: 736m)

Basic (free) campsite and fully-enclosed shelter with fireplaces, table, etc

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-01

Distance: 7.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 696m to 814m. Gain: 140m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

4WD track up Manuherikia west branch. Several river crossings -can flood.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-01-01

NZTM2000: 1350947, 5042369

Standard Hut

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

Distance: 7.5 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 797m to 993m. Gain: 196m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

4WD track up Manuherekia River (west branch). Several creek crossings.Can flood after heavy rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-01

NZTM2000: 1347002, 5048231

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: 10.9 km - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 992m to 1804m. Gain: 858m. Loss: 70m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

4WD track via Omarama Saddle, or route heading up the Manukerekia to the lake and climb out there.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1342736, 5055033 (alt: 1778m)

DOC northern boundary on Wether Range

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 4.5 km - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1651m to 1776m. Gain: 95m. Loss: 205m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Frustrating 4km gap in public land. Permission required

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1341122, 5059017 (alt: 1663m)

Southern boundary of Killermont CA

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 9.7 km - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 577m to 1719m. Gain: 106m. Loss: 1192m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

DOC land and legal access up/down spur to Lindis Road

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1343013, 5067416 (alt: 577m)

Access to Killermont CA

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 11.9 km - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 578m to 740m. Gain: 167m. Loss: 5m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Road walk

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1335467, 5076100 (alt: 741m)

Access to Hideaway Biv and Te Araroa

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

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

Distance: 9.8 km
Altitude: 693m to 901m. Gain: 208m. Loss: 49m . Gradient: 2 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

DOC route

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1335426, 5084334

Basic Hut/bivvy

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: 11.6 km
Altitude: 734m to 901m. Gain: 89m. Loss: 167m . Gradient: 1 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Back to road & up to roadend. Route via Snowy/Maitland/St Temple more fun!

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1328594, 5092278

Standard Hut

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

Distance: 0.0 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 760m to 816m. Gain: 27m. Loss: 65m . Gradient: -159 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The formed road continues almost to Canyon Creek where a gate blocks vehicular access. An old farm track continues up the valley - walking or MTB only.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2006-04-01
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-01-05 02:49:01. Experienced: 2006-04-01

Distance: 0.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 783m to 821m. Gain: 50m. Loss: 12m . Gradient: 777 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An old farm track continues up the valley from the roadend just south of Canyon Creel - walking or MTB only. Canyon Creek must be forded and can be impassable after heavy rain. Shamrock Hut is 4km further up the valley, located 150m west of the track on the bushedge, and is signposted.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-01-05. Experienced: 2006-04-01
Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-01-05 02:51:02. Experienced: 2006-04-01

NZTM2000: 1330189, 5099565

Basic Hut/bivvy

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: 6.3 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 794m to 858m. Gain: 64m. Loss: 37m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Old farm track with river crossings.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1331283, 5105372

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: 4.4 km - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 858m to 958m. Gain: 100m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Old farm track with at least 1 river crossing., River small by this point - but can flood after very heavy rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1333166, 5109167

Basic Hut/bivvy

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

Distance: 6.3 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 953m to 1937m. Gain: 985m. Loss: 2m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Descend solid scree faces into the head of the Ahuriri and follow the valley downstream. I took the steep section to the main forks from terraces on the true left - which gave a reasonable descent, despite what it looks like on the map.

From the forks at the Ahuriri head, the valley is broad and easy going on moraine and shingle until scrub and tussock appears 2km above the hut. A vague trail - exists on terrace on the true right through this section. Crossing the river at the confluence above the hut, following grassy terraces along the bushedge led to Top Hut. Alternatively a 4WD track climbs from downriver to the hut site.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-11-17. Experienced: 2009-01-01

Distance: 2.3 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1168m to 1933m. Gain: 14m. Loss: 771m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Sidling north from the Temple-Ahuriri pass, dropping slightly as you go leads across stable screen faces below pt 2058 to the ridge just east of V-Notch pass. Drop to the pass staying on scree south of the summit rocks - I crossed some 20m east of the V notch itself.

Drop into the head basin. The creek becomes impassable, so sidle west onto good open tussock spurs. The eastern valleyside is also passable but very scrubby lower down - I don't recommend the experience.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-11-19. Experienced: 2012-04-04

NZTM2000: 1336076, 5115600 (alt: 1174m)

Passable campspots on the south bank of the South Huxley, just upstream of the creek draining V Notch Pass.

Base of the climb to V-Notch and the Ahuriri / Sth Temple.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-11-19. Experienced: 2012-04-04

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

Distance: 3.6 km - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 957m to 1163m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 206m . Gradient: 3 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Valley floor route

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1338917, 5117752

Basic Hut/bivvy

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: 4.3 km - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 727m to 938m. Gain: 44m. Loss: 242m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

route (track destroyed?)

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21

NZTM2000: 1338921, 5122123

Standard Hut

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

Distance: 4.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 735m to 998m. Gain: 286m. Loss: 23m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot, avalanche risk (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good, marked tramping track runs up the western side of the Huxley River (north branch) to Brodrick Hut from Huxley Forks Hut. The river is crossed by swingbridge 200m upriver of Huxley Forks.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-11-01 14:36:45

Distance: 8.2 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 273m to 1637m. Gain: 794m. Loss: 1504m . Gradient: 17 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons, avalanche risk (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Brodrick Hut, follow the poled route north, crossing the first deeply scoured out creek, then ambling over tussock at about 1020m to the base of the first spur to the pass.

The poled route climbs this spur, crossing the head of the 1st creek to its east in the process. Poles give out, and are replaced by occasional cairns towards the saddle.

Once on the pass, there are no markers. Find gravel and tussock lead steeply down into the head of Mackenzie Creek, where the gradient softens and easy travel follows down the valley floor.

100m below where the valley starts to enter low scrub (as shown on the map), before it steepens to falls, a slip can be seen on the true left. A series of cairns mark a rough route up this slip, climbing 100m before reaching a small flat basin (not shown on maps) where good campspots and a small stream are found. From the campspot, the route, marked intermittently with permolat, continues to climb SW gaining another 100m to reach the main spur at about 1150m.

The marked, unmaintained track then follows the spur down (NW) between the main 2 forks on Mackenzie Creek, dropping to about 700m before cutting west down the face into the western fork of the creek below. The section of track on the spur is quite well defined, but that dropping can be easily lost.

Once in the creek, follow it downriver to the main Landsborough. Fraser Hut is found by following the bushedge upriver to Creswicke Flat, and is tucked out of sight of the river on the bushedge on a terrace on the southern bank.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30. Experienced: 2011-10-01
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-07-08 15:50:43. Experienced: 2011-10-01

Distance: 4.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 237m to 279m. Gain: 21m. Loss: 59m . Gradient: 1 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the southern bank of the Landsborough downriver on broad tussock flats, crossing numerous small sidestreams. None are a problem in normal conditions but several could flood.

After 3.5km the valley narrows and travel is on steeply sloping rocky river banks (unless the river is very high n which case you'd be bushbashing the tangled faces above). 1km into the gorge, an obvious spur drops from the NW opposite, and old anchor-points mark all that remains of the former walkwire at Golden Point.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30

Distance: 7.9 km (9.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 157m to 1350m. Gain: 1128m. Loss: 1206m . Gradient: 17 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/5) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From the former hut site in the Clarke, head upriver on the true left, climbing 100m above the river in beech forest to find terraces above the gorge. Cross the sidestream entering from the east, and follow it / the low ridge between it and the main river upstream until due south of Davies Flat. Cut east across large terraces and pick up the spur between this sidecreek and the next sidecreek upriver. This is ill-defined at first but becomes obvious as you climb. Good map/.compass work required to hit it.

A steep 500m climb through mostly good beech forest follows to reach the bushedge. From there it's another 200m of climb to pt1388 on good low tussock tops. Amazing views of the solution range as it rises from beech forest to glaciated tops, and of the main range opposite. Also clear views of the McKinnon creek and Broderick Pass opposite.

From pt1388 a narrow spur angle first SSE, later SE, dropping to the Landsborough. This was reasonable, if steep, travel throughout, first on tussock, later in open beech.

The Landsborough may be crossed at the foot of the ridge (the former swingbridge / walkwire site) under normal flows, but can become impassable after even moderate rain Travel up / down the river is generally on the southern bank so a crossing here is required.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-11-05 23:06:26

Distance: 5.1 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 158m to 1383m. Gain: 1225m. Loss: 646m . Gradient: 22 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From the flats in the Zeilian, pick up the base of the obvious spur climbing the eastern valleyside just above the start of the gorge. This provides good, open travel 500 vertical meters to the bushedge, and a further 150 vertical meters to the ridge.

On reaching the ridge, swing uphill and follow the ridgeline over gentle, broad shattered stone until 200m south of pt1407. Amazing views are the reward - down the Clarke / Landsboro and east to the snowcappoed main divide. (2.5-5 hrs from valley to pt1407)

An obvious spur drops SE from here to the head of a flat in the Clarke. Going is good throughout, first in fine stone, then tussock, then open beech, though the ridge is narrow in places. The northern face is sheer and crumbling - don't go there!

The former hut site is on the western side of the tongue of bush on the valley below, and good campspots exist on tussock flats there, or in smaller, grassier clearings some 200m upriver. Sandflies abound.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30. Experienced: 2011-09-01
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-02 02:44:28. Experienced: 2011-02-19

Distance: 8.1 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 379m to 1158m. Gain: 421m. Loss: 779m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From Middle Head Hut, the climb up the south fork of the Moeraki is steep but straightforward. The route is up the steep rocky creekbed, and the creek is low / dry in normal conditions. On reaching the basin at the head of the valley (1.5km above the hut) the creek starts to split and the bush is replaced by thick scrub. Choosing the correct watercourse is vital. Follow the centre watercourse shown on the topomap directly towards the saddle until about 400m west of the saddle, when a good watercourse swings left (ENE) onto the northern valleyside reaching good open tussock faces. These can be sidled to the ridgeline 200m NE of the saddle. Snow chutes may persist late into summer. (2-4 hrs to saddle)

Drop to the saddle itself and pick good descents down a brief, steep tussock face into the head of the Zeillan Valley. The next 2km is a major avalanche zone in winter - with falls from both valley sides. The descent starts easy on stony avalanche debris, but after 2km tussock and scrub appear and progress slows. Scrub gets progressively thicker, until rounding the bend in the valley and swinging south, small tussock flats are encountered, below which the river disappears into a tight, bush-clad gorge. (2-4 hrs to flats from saddle)

Spectacular views lie on both sides, with the sheer, glacier-capped faces on Mts Zeilland and Monro.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30

Distance: 4.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 213m to 379m. Gain: 2m. Loss: 168m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Above Horseshoe Flat Hut the Meoraki valley continues broad and boggy for a kilometer or so before finally the lower valleysides steepen to gentle slopes and the tussock and flat is replaced by drier beech forest.

The track follows the northern bank for 2km from the hut, before crossing to the south. The crossing is knee deep in normal flows, but can easily become impassable after rain. Once on the south, the track becomes rougher underfoot, but still marked and cut (2011). After a further 2km of gentle climb, the track cuts across the steep, rocky southern fork of the Moeraki (a trickle in dry conditons, but again impassible after heavy rain) and emerges onto a sloping grassy clearing at Middle Head Hut just beyond.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30

Distance: 6.5 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 118m to 216m. Gain: 26m. Loss: 117m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Horseshoe Flats hut, the track downriver starts as a roughly poled route over tussock and flax flats and down the riverbank. Later it becomes a marked tramping track through the bush - easily followed but boggu in places. A signposted junction 200m downriver of Blowfly Hut leads to the hut via the swingbridge, or you can drop and ford the river at the hut if you prefer.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30

Distance: 3.5 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 121m to 401m. Gain: 280m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From the 2nd saddle at pt515 the former roadbed sidles Docharty Creek, finding large flats above Blowfly Hut. The track eventually looses the roadbed before reaching the hut, and becomes a marked tramping track for the last few hundred meters.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30. Experienced: 2011-10-01
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-07-08 15:55:42. Experienced: 2011-10-01

Distance: 5.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 402m to 631m. Gain: 301m. Loss: 87m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From Mairi Saddle Hut north, the old roadbed sidles gentle down the south-eastern face of the Whakapohai valley. Just north of the saddle at pt515 (shown on the map) an old benched track branches south, climbing from the roadbed to the mica mines on Mt Clarke. The junction is obvious, but not signposted.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-30 19:16:03

Distance: 13.7 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 51m to 673m. Gain: 319m. Loss: 881m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From Coppermine Creek Hut, a 4wd track recrosses the creek (fine in most conditions) and heads past a private hut across farmland and into kahikatea-dominated bush. On finally reaching the base of the hills after 2km, it swings east and starts to climb sidling the hill face. This is a former roadbed - now a benched track, and as such is gentle gradient, cut into the hillside, winding in and out of sidecreeks.

At Robinson Creek a huge washout has removed the former benched road, and a now rough track drops to the valley floor, crosses the shingle expanse to the northern bank, and zigzags steeply back to the former line of the road. The creek is crossable in normal flows, but can become impassible after heave rain,

Maori Saddle Hut lies just beyond Maori Saddle - the highpoint of the former road.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30

Distance: 6.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 3m to 53m. Gain: 1m. Loss: 50m . Gradient: 0 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From the signposted junction a poled tramping track crosses grass and scrub flats on the south side of the Mason River. The river is crossed on a swingbridge and the track follows flats up coppermine creek, eventually joining a 4WD track. The creek is crossed once - ok in normal flows. Coppermine Creek hut sits on low terraces on the northern bank, out of sight of the river. The route is poled.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-30

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