(draft) Trip: My Trip
Distance: 10.5 km (4.8 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 101m to 879m. Gain: 1072m. Loss: 294m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)


From Waitoho DOC boundary to Mick via old logging tracks / route
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Distance: 7.3 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 118m to 869m. Gain: 969m. Loss: 218m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From the end of the formed road, a mud 4WD track drops to the river which it crosses on a rickety bridge. A well defined muddy roadbed follows the northern bank upstream for about 1km, before it starts to climb out of the valley. About 20m above the valley floor, a junction is reached with the well-formed road climbing out of the valley, and a grassy poorly defined old roadbed continuing upriver.

take the grassy roadbed upriver. This continues, very muddy at times, crossing the river twice until it reaches the next major forks 1.5km upstream. The old roadbed crosses the sidestream entering from the north. On the eastern bank, the swings briefly upriver and climbs steeply, zigzagging up the narrow spur east of the forks. Topomaps incorrectly show this track on the next spur east. They are wrong.

A good old roadbed continues thus until about the 600m contour, where it ends. From there, follow the well defined spur uphill through open mature bush until you reach the ridgeline.

On the ridge, swing south and follow it for 1.5km. It starts off good open going, but become scrubby as it approached Mick Highpoint. Occasional markers are present, and the junction on Mick was well marked with tape (2013).

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-27 02:52:36. Experienced: 2013-12-21

From Mick to Tangata Maunga via ridgeline
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Distance: 1.7 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 801m to 879m. Gain: 78m. Loss: 68m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Mick south you alternate between scrub and good bush. The route has a reasonably well defined ground trail, and occasional, assorted markers. Things get really scrubby as you approach the 'clearing' at Tangata Maunga - skirting it to the west may be the best plan.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-27. Experienced: 2013-11-01

Distance: 1.5 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 101m to 120m. Gain: 25m. Loss: 8m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A walk down a gravel road from the locked gate at Otaki quarry to the legal roadend on the park boundary. Be warned - whilst you can often drive down this road, and whilst all but the first 200m is a legal road, the gate gets locked when the quarry closes.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-27. Experienced: 2013-12-21


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