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Distance: 36.6 km (20.1 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 199m to 1459m. Gain: 3690m. Loss: 6004m . Gradient: 16 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)


From Holdsworth/Kaitoke track Jn to Mountain House shelter via Mt Holdsworth Track
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Distance: 1.3 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 732m to 781m. Gain: 57m. Loss: 66m . Gradient: 5 deg (Flat)
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A good cut benched track

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 17:59:05. Experienced: 2017-12-30

From Powell Hut to Mt Holdsworth via Mt Holdsworth Track
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Distance: 1.6 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1215m to 1459m. Gain: 281m. Loss: 37m . Gradient: 11 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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A well-worn poled route climbs gently up the spur above Powell Hut to reach Mt Holdsworth Summit. The summit marks the junction of the well-marked route north to Jumbo Hut and a faint trail running west to Isabelle and Mid Waiohine Hut. Though the track is easy, the area is high and exposed.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:03:15. Experienced: 2017-12-30

From Mt Holdsworth to Mid Waiohine Hut via Isabelle
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Distance: 3.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 379m to 1459m. Gain: 128m. Loss: 1208m . Gradient: 22 deg (Steep)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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A signpost just below the trig at Mt Holdsworth marks the turnoff to Isabelle and Mid Waiohine. The track is a bit overgrown with tussock and slow going - look carefully for the footpad. A steep low saddle connects Holdsworth and Isabelle. The descent starts gentle down the tussock WSW off Isabelle, but on reaching a cairn the track swings west and descends precipitously into the bush. A very steep descent on a good cut track with plenty to hold onto follows until 10 minutes before the hut, when the gradient lessens. A 1000m descent without a break of slope. Mid Waiohine Hut is on the track on a damp, dark terrace above the river. Great campsite exists on the river flat.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:07:01. Experienced: 2017-12-30

From Mid Waiohine Hut to Aokaparangi via Track
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Distance: 4.2 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 377m to 1344m. Gain: 1139m. Loss: 174m . Gradient: 19 deg (Steep)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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An unnecessary-feeling climb-then-descent takes you south from Mid Waiohine Hut to the swingbridge. 100m of easy walking follows then the climb begins. Very steep for the first 600m, then a series of gentle climbs & steep bursts after that. Good cut track, but steep, relentless and hard going for 1000 vertical meters.

At the bushedge you're level with Aokaparangi Hut, but the face is steep and scrubby, so easiest is to climb to the summit a further 200m above the bushline.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:09:16. Experienced: 2017-12-31

From Aokaparangi to Aokaparangi Hut via cairned route
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Distance: 0.8 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1123m to 1344m. Gain: 15m. Loss: 236m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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A signpost and cairn mark the turnoff to Aokaparangi Hut - though the signpost is frequently missing.

The route is marked with cairns and hard to follow in poor visibility. Drop down the spur and find the biv on the bushedge 200m below - where the map says it should be.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:39:10. Experienced: 2017-12-31

From Aokaparangi to Maungahuka Hut via Tararua Main Range route
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Distance: 4.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1056m to 1344m. Gain: 510m. Loss: 564m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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The marked route continues along the narrow ridge with brief steep climbs to Wright (1196m) and Simpson (1174m) before the ridge broadens and climbs to the tarn at the new, cold, draughty Maungahuka Hut. Leatherleaf is present in the saddles but the track is well cut.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:42:58. Experienced: 2018-01-01

From Maungahuka Hut to Neill Forks Hut via Concertina Knob
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Distance: 4.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 1315m. Gain: 338m. Loss: 1306m . Gradient: 24 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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Heading briefly south from Mangahuka Hut follow the main range track some 200m to Mangahuka highpoint, where a signpost just before the descent start marks a track SW to Neill Forks. Although the sign says 2 hours, allow 3 to be more realistic! A brief 5m climb is followed by a long descent over rock and tussock tops. The track is not marked, but the ridge is fairly obvious so long as you remember to swing east rather than south after crossing Mangahuka highpoint.

A DOC triangle on the bushedge is the first marker, and is followed by a good cut marked track through cloud forest. Several climbs and descents are required to reach Concertina Knob - an apt name.

On the summit the track swings south and descends precipitously to the Hector River. You could almost roll a rock off the top and have it stop at the swingbridge below. Crossing the bridge, Neill's Forks hut is on the opposite bank.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:48:09. Experienced: 2018-01-01

Distance: 1.9 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 923m. Gain: 29m. Loss: 611m . Gradient: 20 deg (Moderate-hard)
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The track heads briefly upriver from Neill Forks before swinging SE to climb steeply to the ridgeline above. The track is well marked though a little loose in places low down. Quite a bit of windfall crosses the track and some (mostly well-worn) diversions are in place. Just keep an eye out for orange markers in several spots as some animal tracks are present. 600 vertical meters on unchanging gradient follows before suddenly it ends and you find yourself on flat, boggy, wooded tops. A signpost 100m beyond marks the junction with the Cone-Totora Flats track.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-11 22:49:34. Experienced: 2018-01-01

Distance: 4.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 199m to 942m. Gain: 202m. Loss: 924m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
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A well marked track through forest along the ridge to Totara Flats. Fairly gentle gradient until the final descent to the Flats. The hut is reached a hundred metres or so past the bridge

Created by: Ellya on 2018-04-11. Experienced: 2018-01-01

From Totara Flats Hut to Holdsworth/Kaitoke track Jn via Totara Creek Track
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Distance: 5.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 199m to 760m. Gain: 773m. Loss: 217m . Gradient: 10 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
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A good, wide, cut, marked track heads from the swingbridge up Totora Creek. Crossing the creek it climbs steadily but easily to join the Mt Holdsworth Track at a signposted junction. One the initial steep climb has been done, a lightly worn route on the left side of the eroded rooty track makes travel much easier until the track begins to level out a couple of hundred metres before the junction.

This route is the "old track" the new one being closed due to abutment erosion on the lower of the two new swingbridges (which can be seen from the old track not far from the hut) and differs to the one shown on the new topo maps.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-11 22:24:44. Experienced: 2018-01-02

From Holdsworth/Kaitoke track Jn to Holdsworth Lodge via Holdsworth Track
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Distance: 4.4 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 314m to 757m. Gain: 218m. Loss: 661m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate)
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Easy benched track from Totara Flats/ Holdsworth Track Junction down to Holdsworth Lodge

Created by: Ellya on 2018-04-12. Experienced: 2018-01-02


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