Length: from 10.0 up to 12.0 days
Distance: 118.0 km (77.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 92m to 2504m. Gain: 7921m. Loss: 6955m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)


From Rakaia Roadend to Banfield Hut via Rakaia River track
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Distance: 14.0 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 558m to 823m. Gain: 410m. Loss: 234m . Gradient: 3 deg
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the 4WD track to Lake Stream, cross and pick up the track that leads over the Prospect Hill.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-23

From Banfield Hut to Jagged Stream via Jagged Stream
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Distance: 3.6 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 738m to 1443m. Gain: 705m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 11 deg
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

There is a reasonable ground trail to the upper Jagged Stream on the TR with occasional cairns.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-24

NZTM2000: 1454214, 5203432 (alt: 562m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-23

NZTM2000: 1442314, 5204208 (alt: 738m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-23


NZTM2000: 1440637, 5201506 (alt: 1443m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-24

From Banfield Hut to Jagged Stream via Jagged Stream
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Distance: 3.6 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 738m to 1443m. Gain: 705m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 11 deg
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

There is a reasonable ground trail to the upper Jagged Stream on the TR with occasional cairns.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-24

From Banfield Hut to Reischek Hut via Rakaia River
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Distance: 9.5 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 692m to 849m. Gain: 157m. Loss: 46m . Gradient: 1 deg
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Travel across the river flats avoiding stands of Matagouri, in general following an old 4WD track.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-24

From Reischek Hut to Lyell Hut via Glenfalloch Route
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Distance: 5.2 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 848m to 1269m. Gain: 421m. Loss: 293m . Gradient: 8 deg
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Travel up the Rakaia river crossing Reischek Stream. Just after the stream from Meins Knob the rough Glenfalloch Route is marked. Follow this steeply up to the saddle south of Meins Knob. The route is sparsely marked (at least in 2011) after the saddle but is followable to the riverbed and then easy travel to Lyell Hut.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-25


NZTM2000: 1430446, 5203843

Basic Hut/bivvy

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

From Lyell Hut to Lyell - Cockayne Glacier Junction via Lyell Glacial moraine
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Distance: 4.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 984m to 1125m. Gain: 141m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 2 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Gain the shelf above Lyell Lake on the TR until Kirk Stream. Cross and find the best route onto the glacial moraine proper.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-25

NZTM2000: 1426296, 5203226 (alt: 1124m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-25

From Lyell - Cockayne Glacier Junction to Pt 2234 Camp via Lyell Glacier, McCoy & Rangitata Cols
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Distance: 6.0 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1124m to 2201m. Gain: 1118m. Loss: 41m . Gradient: 11 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Travel up the Lyell glacier, take the gully/slopes on the TR after the buttress of pt 2080. Make a rising traverse to McCoy Col. Ascend short steep slope north of the col to gain easier slopes below Mt Nicholson. Traverse, descending and ascending as necessary depending on snow cover to Rangitata Col. Continue making a rising traverse to reach the flat area north of pt 2234m overlooking the Frances Glacier.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-26

NZTM2000: 1421662, 5202605 (alt: 2201m)

Snow free (at least in summer) buttress north of pt 2234 on the col between pts 2234 and 2283 at the head of the Lyell Glacier

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-26

From Pt 2234 Camp to Lambert Col via Frances Glacier
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Distance: 2.1 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1827m to 2201m. Gain: 138m. Loss: 374m . Gradient: 14 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend the Frances Glacier past the Lambert Col before ascending a steep slope to gain the shelf at 1920m, traverse easily to the col.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:29. Experienced: 2011-12-27

NZTM2000: 1420582, 5203178 (alt: 1965m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-27


NZTM2000: 1416961, 5204382 (alt: 2409m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-30

NZTM2000: 1420582, 5203178 (alt: 1965m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-01. Experienced: 2011-12-27

NZTM2000: 1416732, 5203080 (alt: 2218m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-27

From Lambert Col to Campspot via Lambert Glacier
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Distance: 4.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1742m to 2218m. Gain: 476m. Loss: 211m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend to the west to gain the Lambert Glacier. Head up the glacier to the broad unnamed col between the Lambert Glacier and the Garden of Allah. There are various rocky platforms below pt 2279m depending on the snow cover.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-27

From Campspot to Mt Lambert via South Face Mt Lambert
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Distance: 2.5 km (4.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2015m to 2403m. Gain: 388m. Loss: 217m . Gradient: 14 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Satan Saddle, descend the Lambert Glacier to below the SW ridge of Mt Lambert. Work up the slopes keeping more or less parallel to the SW ridge as crevasses permit. There is a rocky gendarme as a false summit to scramble past. The final step to the summit is a loose rocky scramble.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-30

From Mt Lambert to Campspot via South Face Mt Lambert
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Distance: 2.5 km (4.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2015m to 2403m. Gain: 217m. Loss: 388m . Gradient: 14 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From Satan Saddle, descend the Lambert Glacier to below the SW ridge of Mt Lambert. Work up the slopes keeping more or less parallel to the SW ridge as crevasses permit. There is a rocky gendarme as a false summit to scramble past. The final step to the summit is a loose rocky scramble.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-30


NZTM2000: 1416732, 5203080 (alt: 2218m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-27

From Campspot to Newton Peak via snow slopes
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Distance: 3.2 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 2197m to 2504m. Gain: 339m. Loss: 53m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow slopes to the col west of Snowy Peak. Travel W along the ridge or eastern slopes to reach the steeper final section to Newton Peak.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-30

NZTM2000: 1414873, 5201518 (alt: 2504m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-30

NZTM2000: 1416732, 5203080 (alt: 2218m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-27

NZTM2000: 1414873, 5201518 (alt: 2504m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-30


From Newton Peak to Campspot via snow slopes
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Distance: 3.2 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 2197m to 2504m. Gain: 53m. Loss: 339m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Follow slopes to the col west of Snowy Peak. Travel W along the ridge or eastern slopes to reach the steeper final section to Newton Peak.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-30

From Campspot to Garden of Eden Overlook via Garden of Allah and Adams Col; sidetrips to pts 1874 & 1995m
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Distance: 10.1 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1733m to 2218m. Gain: 498m. Loss: 720m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Travel W down the Garden of Allah, take a side trip to pt 1874m. Climb S to Adams Col. Enter the Garden of Eden and travel W. After Angel Col, gain the higher shelf north of pt 1995 and take a sidetrip to pt 1995m. Climb N across slopes to gain the rocky buttress SE of pt 2415m.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-31

NZTM2000: 1410263, 5201097 (alt: 1996m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-31

From Garden of Eden Overlook to Garden of Eden Overlook via Mt Kensington, Mt Hulka & Mt Farrar
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Distance: 9.1 km (8.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1988m to 2414m. Gain: 1075m. Loss: 1067m . Gradient: 14 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Climb the crevasse free slopes towards pt 2415m, making a rising traverse from about 2200m to the col S of Mt Farrar. Descend to the Farrar Glacier; due to glacial recession, it may be necessary to traverse SW before descending to the glacier proper. Travel underneath Mt Hulka to Iceland Col and ascend Mt Kensington. Descend via same route. Depending on snow, Mt Hulka is gained from either the E slopes or the N. Return to the col S of Mt Farrar. Mt Farrar is a rocky scramble (depending on snow cover). Descend the same way.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-01

NZTM2000: 1410263, 5201097 (alt: 1996m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2011-12-31

Distance: 6.4 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1737m to 1996m. Gain: 137m. Loss: 334m . Gradient: 4 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Travel W across the Garden of Eden. Traverse scree slopes under pt 1925m and ascend where possible to gain the broad shelf under the Great Unknown and opposite the tarns at pt 1543.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-01

NZTM2000: 1404473, 5199987 (alt: 1799m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-01

Distance: 0.8 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1799m to 2174m. Gain: 375m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 31 deg
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Climb the slopes, sometimes steep, to gain the ridge W of the summit. Traverse the ridge easily to the summit.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-02

NZTM2000: 1404373, 5199378 (alt: 2174m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-02


NZTM2000: 1416732, 5203080 (alt: 2218m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-04. Experienced: 2011-12-27

NZTM2000: 1404373, 5199378 (alt: 2174m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-02

NZTM2000: 1403028, 5194481

Standard Hut

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

From Scone Hut to Nolans Hut via Perth River Track
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Distance: 8.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 183m to 430m. Gain: 132m. Loss: 342m . Gradient: 3 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the track.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-03

NZTM2000: 1395900, 5197300

Basic Hut/bivvy

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

From Nolans Hut to Whataroa Perth Bridge via Perth River Track
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Distance: 3.8 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 148m to 300m. Gain: 154m. Loss: 208m . Gradient: 5 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the track.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-03

NZTM2000: 1392383, 5197898 (alt: 148m)

At the right end of the bridge. Track to Scone hut and the Perth goes up. Butler Junction hut is up river and a vague trail the remains of a miners trail leads left down to the river confluence.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-24 00:52:05


From The Great Unknown to Scone Hut via Redfield Stream
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Distance: 7.9 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 397m to 2174m. Gain: 231m. Loss: 1981m . Gradient: 17 deg
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the summit of The Great Unknown, descend SW on the remnants of the Adverse Glacier to gain the broad ridge above Elizabeth Stream. Traverse W past pt 1898m, then descend the ridge past pt 1549m to reach the flat area of Elizabeth Stream. Climb slightly and then traverse to Redfield Stream. Descend Redfield Stream, there are several waterfalls to negotiate however there are rough foot trails around them all. On reaching the Perth, follow the river to the bridge and then follow the track to Scone Hut.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-02

From Whataroa Perth Bridge to Whataroa road end via Whataroa track
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Distance: 7.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 92m to 148m. Gain: 51m. Loss: 107m . Gradient: 1 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the track.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-03

NZTM2000: 1390043, 5203262 (alt: 92m)

On the south bank of the Whataroa River, 1k from the main west coast highway at the old bridge site, a helicopter scenic flights office provides a sheltering verandah and a carpark. 50m back the doc sign shows the beginning of the track at a farm gate.

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2015-06-22 15:30:21


NZTM2000: 1392383, 5197898 (alt: 148m)

At the right end of the bridge. Track to Scone hut and the Perth goes up. Butler Junction hut is up river and a vague trail the remains of a miners trail leads left down to the river confluence.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-10-24 00:52:05


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