Length: from 15.0 up to 30.0 days
Distance: 356.4 km (133.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1m to 1741m. Gain: 10619m. Loss: 10403m . Gradient: 3 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)

Not yet walked - Taieri Mouth to Martins Bay


From Taieri Mouth to Taieri River Bridge - Henley via Taieri Millenium Track
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Distance: 10.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 15m to 183m. Gain: 302m. Loss: 304m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The Taieri Millenium Track starts at the end of Riverside Road at Taieri Mouth. It sidles the western valleyside through the gorged section of the river before dropping to flats. Soon after it becomes a gravel road which continues a further 4km to the Taieri River Bridge near Henley.

An easy benched track. 2-3 hrs

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2007-01-01

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From Waipori RIver roadend to Waipori Falls via Government Track / pylon track
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Distance: 9.6 km (4.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 20m to 500m. Gain: 549m. Loss: 413m . Gradient: 6 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Benched MTB/walking track from roadend to tops. 4WD forestry track on DOC land to Waipori Falls.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01

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From Pioneer Stream Historic Reserve to Otago Dam via Mountain Road
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Distance: 13.8 km (10.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 382m to 658m. Gain: 210m. Loss: 329m . Gradient: 2 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route along legal roads - may or may not be viable on the ground.

Mountain Road is public and open, but the route down to Otago Dam may not be practical. Air photos indicate a track along the legal roadline.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-02

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From Otago Dam to Gabriels Gully via Otago Dam Track
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Distance: 2.3 km (1.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 175m to 388m. Gain: 9m. Loss: 222m . Gradient: 6 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Walking track from Gabriels Gully to Otago Dam

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-02

From Lawrence to Bellamy via Cliutha Gold trail
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Distance: 6.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 94m to 117m. Gain: 9m. Loss: 26m . Gradient: 0 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Rail trail.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2019-01-09

From Bellamy to Beaumont Hotel via Cluth Gold trail
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Distance: 13.9 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 43m to 199m. Gain: 105m. Loss: 162m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cycle trail parallel to highway

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2019-01-09

From Beaumont Hotel to Millers Flat via Clutha Gold trail
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Distance: 23.2 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 44m to 90m. Gain: 150m. Loss: 121m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cycle trail - surface walkway along the NE bank of the Clutha.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2019-01-09

From Millers Flat to Roxburgh via Clutha Gold trail
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Distance: 17.6 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 73m to 137m. Gain: 94m. Loss: 67m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cycle trail adjacent to Clutha River

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2019-01-09

From Bullock Track roadend to Mt Hope Road summit via Bullock Track
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Distance: 3.9 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 112m to 889m. Gain: 781m. Loss: 4m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the signpost / info kiosk, an old 4WD track climbs, sometimes steeply, up a spur to the summit of the Old Man Range. This is a steady 800m climb.

At the summit is an unmarked track junction with the ridgeline track, the Junction Hut Track and the Mt Hope road.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2003-01-01

From Mt Hope Road summit to Junction Hut via Junction Hut Track
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Distance: 6.9 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 761m to 1128m. Gain: 301m. Loss: 431m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the top of the Bullock Track, head west along an old farm track across the swampy head of Bullock Creek, before climbing to the tops beyond. The track circles the head of a valley, before dropping steeply (clay and dodgy in the wet for vehicles) into the Pomahaka at Junction Huts. The track crosses one fork of the river - fine except in flood conditions.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2016-01-20

From Junction Hut to pt1140 via ridgeline
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Distance: 6.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 761m to 1438m. Gain: 677m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Junction Hut, climb north up the broad ridgeline. There is a clear 4WD track on the eastern side of the fence, but this is on private land. Legal access is to follow the western side of the fence down the ridgeline, remaining on crown land.

At pt1270 the fenceline disappears east off the ridge, and north of that all land is public. Follow the broad ridge over pt1440 to the boundary fence on the summit of Old Man Range.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2015-01-20

From pt1140 to AA Hut via Old Man Range
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Distance: 2.0 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1417m to 1438m. Gain: 2m. Loss: 21m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From pt1440, the fenceline follows the ridgeline NNW to the Waikaia Bush Road saddle. The road on the east side of the fence is on private land and does not exactly match the route of the legal road, so be warned. Public legal walking access is present on DOC land on the west of the fenceline.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2016-01-20

From AA Hut to Hyde Rock via Old Man Range track
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Distance: 6.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1392m to 1665m. Gain: 273m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A reasonable 4WD track runs between AA Hut and the signposted track junction at Hyde Rock.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2014-12-20

From Hyde Rock to Fraser Basin - southern turnoff via Old Woman Range track
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Distance: 8.7 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1578m to 1663m. Gain: 87m. Loss: 165m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track follows the Old Woman Range NNW from the signposted junction near Hyde Rock to the southern Fraser Basin turnoff, 1km from Boundary Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2015-12-20

Distance: 8.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1501m to 1630m. Gain: 136m. Loss: 104m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A rough 4WD track follows the fenceline along the summit of the Old Woman Range from the northern to southern Fraser Basin turnoffs. The northern turnoff is not signposted, but is reached where the track drops briefly east off the range to cross an east-west fenceline.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2015-12-20

From Old Woman Hut to Fraser Basin - northern turnoff via Old Woman track
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Distance: 12.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1423m to 1741m. Gain: 362m. Loss: 169m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Old Woman Hut, return 500m east to the main track and follow it south along the range. After 3km it crosses a fence which used to be the DOC boundary. However, both sides are now crown land (2015). A rough track follows the boundary fence, whilst the vehicle track swings briefly east to avoid swamps.

The junction of the Garvie and Old Woman ranges is reached 9km from the hut. Land south of here down the Garvie Range is private. Follow the vehicle track as it swings SE along the Old Woman range, continuing a further 3km to a junction just beyond an east-west fenceline. This is the turnoff (east) to the Fraser Basin.

The entire section is across exposed, barren tops - beautiful but bleak.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-03-01 02:19:29. Experienced: 2015-12-20

Distance: 3.7 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1184m to 1660m. Gain: 28m. Loss: 482m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A very rough (impassable) 4wd track zigzags down the western face of Old Woman Range to meet the track along the water race. Carrick Racehead Hut is just south of the track junction below the track in the next gully.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2020-12-20

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From Carrick Race Head hut to Schoolhouse Flat via route / track
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Distance: 6.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 676m to 1224m. Gain: 307m. Loss: 778m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Carrick Racehead Hut, drop to Coal Creek and climb the good spur opposite. Pick up the Craigroy Track inside the reserve and follow it (public easement) through farmland to the Nevis River.

The Nevis is fordable in low-normal flows (knee-thigh deep). Follow the Schoolhouse Flat track t the Nevis Valley Road. There is camping at the river on the west side.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01

Distance: 2.6 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 810m to 896m. Gain: 86m. Loss: 5m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An old 4WD track (still used by recreationalists) connects the Nevis Road to Drummond Creek Hut at the base of the Remarkable range.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2016-02-29

From Drummond Creek Hut to pt1678 via spur
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Distance: 3.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 891m to 1670m. Gain: 779m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Reasonable going through low tussock up spur from Drummond Creek Hut to pt1678

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2020-12-01

From pt1678 to Lorn Peak via ridgeline
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Distance: 3.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1430m to 1662m. Gain: 181m. Loss: 232m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Easy tussock ridgeline

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2020-12-01

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From Lorn Peak to Glen Nevis Roadend via easement / public access covenant
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Distance: 5.9 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 365m to 1619m. Gain: 21m. Loss: 1260m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The western face of the Hector Mountains above 1000m has a public access covenant on it. Descend through this area (north of the fenceline dropping from Lorn Peak) to reach the end of the farm track. This track provides a public access easement though the remaining farmland to the Glen Nevis Station Road.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01

From Fairlight Station to Kingston via Around the mountains trail
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Distance: 12.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 309m to 406m. Gain: 102m. Loss: 114m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The Around the Mountains cycle/walking trail follows the old railwayline between Fairlight and Kingston.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-01. Experienced: 2015-09-01

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Distance: 5.9 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 398m to 512m. Gain: 224m. Loss: 147m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A 4WD access easement runs up farm tracks to The Bowels of the Earth from the Robert Creek roadend. The ford over Robert Creek can easily flood after rain. The good 4WD track ends at the ford over The Bowels of the Earth. Note that the private hut at the base of Iron Spur has been removed.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-03-11 01:50:16

From Bowels of the Earth to Cowshed Hut via Matarua River track
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Distance: 4.2 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 476m to 558m. Gain: 104m. Loss: 23m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A rough 4WD track heads up the riverbed to Cowshed Hut from Iron Spur. Several crossing are required - shin deep and a few meters wide on round river rocks - easy on foot or in a good 4WD. A rough crossing of The Bowels of the Earth and build-up on the upslope side of the track at a slip just upstream of it stop all but high-clearance 4WD access to the upper valley. The first 1km of the easement to Iron Spur is on the farmer's side of the fence - so the usual restriction regarding dogs & firearms apply.

Cowshed Hut is on the southern bank on a terrace.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-10. Experienced: 2016-03-05

From Cowshed Hut to Beech Hut via route
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Distance: 4.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 558m to 738m. Gain: 196m. Loss: 17m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Cowshed Hut follow the 4WD track upstream, crossing twice before it ends at the first forks from the north. The route from here is unmarked, but well travelled. Initially the valley is tight and several crossings are required to avoid steep scrubby faces. The valley opens up again 1.5km below Beech Hut to flats of tussock and patches of beech. Pleasant walking follows on the northern bank, skirting right of a patch of beech before crossing to the hut on the opposite bank.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-10. Experienced: 2016-03-05

From Beech Hut to Between pt1212 and pt1328 via pt1328, pt1212 part 2
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Distance: 0.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 718m to 1202m. Gain: 496m. Loss: 77m . Gradient: 225 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Follow the route downriver from Beech Hut towards the first sidecreek, and cross back to the true right bank 100m above the forks.

You need to climb the spur downstream of the sidecreek. The first 60m is scrubby, so spy out a good slip or deer trail and push your way up until you emerge onto good open tussock at the 800m contour. An easy walk on a gentle gradient follows to reach the ridgeline 200m north of pt1212, though tussock is knee deep and slows things down a bit.

(Be warned that parties report the spur WSW from pt1212 to Dog Box Creek as being tough: 'never doing that again').

Head south over pt1212 and either climb pt1328 or sidle its western face to reach the spur dropping due west towards Dog Box Biv. The spur is open shingle and lichen and easy, clear going. The last 20m to the creek are steep and rocky, but deer trails point the way.

Dog Box Biv is 100m away on terraces upstream of Dog Box Creek. The main 4WD track up the Eyre River is on flats below.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2019-10-17 18:50:47. Experienced: 2016-03-05

From Between pt1212 and pt1328 to Dog Box Bivvy via pt1328, pt1212 part 1
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Distance: 0.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 566m to 1143m. Gain: 21m. Loss: 594m . Gradient: -1107 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Follow the route downriver from Beech Hut towards the first sidecreek, and cross back to the true right bank 100m above the forks.

You need to climb the spur downstream of the sidecreek. The first 60m is scrubby, so spy out a good slip or deer trail and push your way up until you emerge onto good open tussock at the 800m contour. An easy walk on a gentle gradient follows to reach the ridgeline 200m north of pt1212, though tussock is knee deep and slows things down a bit.

(Be warned that parties report the spur WSW from pt1212 to Dog Box Creek as being tough: 'never doing that again').

Head south over pt1212 and either climb pt1328 or sidle its western face to reach the spur dropping due west towards Dog Box Biv. The spur is open shingle and lichen and easy, clear going. The last 20m to the creek are steep and rocky, but deer trails point the way.

Dog Box Biv is 100m away on terraces upstream of Dog Box Creek. The main 4WD track up the Eyre River is on flats below.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2019-10-17 18:49:58. Experienced: 2016-03-05

Distance: 1.8 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 519m to 572m. Gain: 18m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 3 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Fro Dog Box Biv the Eyre Valley 4WD track heads down easy flats on the northern bank. After 2km it fords the main river (shin deep, 4m wide, easy except after heavy rain) to the southern bank. Shortly after it crosses Windley Creek, entering from the south-west, at the start of beech forest.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-10. Experienced: 2016-03-04

From Windley Creek / Eyre Creek forks to Ashton Hut via Windley/Ashton saddle
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Distance: 14.3 km (9.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 526m to 1462m. Gain: 1280m. Loss: 991m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

A reasonable but sometimes scrubby route connects Ashton Hut to Eyre Creek via the Windley,

From Ashton Hut, sidle down to meet the main Ashton Creek. The first 500m requires sidling the south face of the valley across slips / scree until you reach the start of beech forest on the valley floor. From here you can cross the creek and head up the north (true right) bank in initially open beech forest. The beech changes to increasingly dense pole beech as you progress but it makes for reasonable travel to the first main forks, above which the riverbed open enough to permit good travel on the banks.

Follow the river banks and later valley flats upstream. There are patches of scrub but they can be avoided by good route selection.

The third side-creek above the major forks, a stream dropping from due east down a series of waterfalls, is the creek to the Ashton/Windley saddle. A good ramp on the true right of the creek provides access to the valley above the falls. The valley is a steep 'V' with tall tussock and slow going until about 1250m above which it opens to a good head basin with an easy, stead climb due east to the obvious low-point at the saddle.

Brief scree takes you into the head of the middle branch of Windley Creek. The map shows an area of scrub, but this is mainly on the valleysides and the valley floor around the creek is reasonably clear except for the last 100m to the bushedge. Good deer trails on the north bank provided a route into the beech.

The 1km descent to the main Windley is steep, gorged and choked with windfall. It was slow and not enjoyable, but possible. One scramble down a waterfall/logjam was required. If repeating the trip I;d aim to sidle onto the southern spur and follow that down to the main Windley Creek, rather than descending the creekbed as shown. The 1km took me 1 hour.

Once in the main riverbed travel was good on mossy river flats. Frequent good campspots exist beside the river (there were none further up the valley to the pass). The river was shin to knee deep and 3-4m across and easy goin in normal flows. In flood the route could be tricky as crossing were required. The last kilometer or so is taped and roughly cut.

The creek emerges from the bush at the ford on the 4WD track running up the Eyre valley. Dog Box Biv and Shepherds Creek Hut are 2km upriver / 3km downriver respectively. Good campspots also exist in the beech at the forks.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-03-10. Experienced: 2016-03-04

From Ashton Hut to Upper Oreti Hut via pt1330
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Distance: 5.5 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 577m to 1318m. Gain: 535m. Loss: 777m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The valley below Ashton Hut is gorged and not good going. The usual route instead climbs pt1330.

From Ashton, sidle upriver at the height of the hut until a good sidle down into the creek presents itself. Cross and pick up the spur climbing WNW to the main ridge, and follow that to pt1330. From pt1330 follow the spur NE, and then drop the broad face to reach the Oreti Valley floor where the Ashton flows out. You'll hit the 4WD track here. Upper Oreti Hut is 1km downriver on the track.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-07-26 04:36:26. Experienced: 2011-07-13

Distance: 5.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 574m to 596m. Gain: 56m. Loss: 39m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Upper Oteri Hut, follow the 4WD track north up the valley, fording the Ashton and continuing on flats to reach a locked gate and carpark 200m short of the Mt Nicholas Road.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-07-26. Experienced: 2011-01-11

Distance: 4.2 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 595m to 637m. Gain: 52m. Loss: 35m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A brief road walk takes you to South Mavora Lake from the Oreti roadend.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-03-01 01:44:57. Experienced: 2011-01-01

From South Mavora Lake swingbridge to Mavora Lakes Campsite via Kiwi Burn Track part 2
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Distance: 5.7 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 612m to 633m. Gain: 44m. Loss: 33m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The track passes around the western side of the South Mavora lake and crosses a large grassy field before reconnecting with the river and crossing a swing bridge just down from the North Mavora Lake outlet. The Mavora Lakes Campsite is just through the trees on the true left.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2016-03-01 01:41:28. Experienced: 2014-01-01

From Mavora Lakes Campsite to Careys Hut via Mavora Walkway
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Distance: 10.1 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 614m to 656m. Gain: 100m. Loss: 108m . Gradient: 1 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Mavora Lakes Campsite follow 4WD tracks to the bush at the north end of the campsite. The 4WD track passes along the lake shore and clears the bush after 3km, climbing up above the lake before dropping back down to near the water at Careys Hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-07. Experienced: 2013-01-01

From Careys Hut to Taipo Hut via Mavora Walkway
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Distance: 17.6 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 615m to 739m. Gain: 285m. Loss: 184m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Careys Hut follow the 4WD track northwards, around a bluff at the top of North Mavora Lake and then down onto flats of the Mararoa RIver. The 4WD track is followed all the way to Boundry Hut. Cross the swing bridge just south of the hut and carry on up the true right of the Mararoa. The track passes through a farm gate and then for a short distance follows a farm track. The marked Mavora Walkway then leaves the farm track behind and from then on follows the western side of the valley northwards, quite differently from what is shown on the map. The Walkway is quite indistinct with snow poles very spaced out and it can be hard to see where you are supposed to be walking. Finally, a large side creek is crossed and Taipo Hut is visible on the true left of the Mararoa River. Cross a swing bridge to reach the hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-07. Experienced: 2013-01-02

From Taipo Hut to Greenstone Hut via Mavora Walkway/Pass Burn Cattle Track
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Distance: 9.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 517m to 744m. Gain: 67m. Loss: 267m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: there is no bridge across the Pass Burn. Do not attempt to take the Mavora Walkway track if has been raining as the ford half a km south of Passburn Hut will be impassible. This route guide takes the old cattle track which is usable even after heavy rain, and entries in the Greenstone gut book suggest it is faster then the adjacent Mavora Walkway.

From Taipo Hut cross fields northeast of the hut and a couple of small lakes to make your way to the Pass Burn/Pond Burn Saddle. At a gate the track divides, orange triangles go up the hill to the left forming the official Mavora Walkway track. Orange topped waratahs, which you've been following along the whole length of the Mavora Walkway, head northeastwards to the eastern side of the valley. Follow the waratahs up a small hill where an obvious ground trail enters knee high scrub. This is the last marker you'll see all the way down the Pass Burn but it doesn't matter, simply follow the ground trail, an old cattle track. The track meanders through the knee high scrub above the Pass burn, skirting the edge of bush, and crosses a small side stream. Half a km north of the side stream you'll see markers on the opposite side of the Pass Burn which is the Mavora Walkway approaching to converge at a 4 way intersection a short way ahead on the true right. Turn right at the intersection and follow a well marked track through bush, across a large clearing, then more bush to reach the bottom of the clearing that Greenstone Hut is located in. Climb up the hill to the hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-07. Experienced: 2014-01-03

From Greenstone Hut to McKellar Hut via Greenstone Track
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Distance: 17.8 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 473m to 630m. Gain: 375m. Loss: 269m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Greenstone Hut drop down the hill and cross the bridge across the impressive lower Greenstone Gorge, climbing up the other side to connect with the Greenstone track. Follow the track up valley crossing flats, the occasional bog, and a long stretch of forest upstream of Rats Nest Hut. Side streams on the Greenstone can pose problems with flooding but otherwise the track is very simple.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2015-07-06 03:27:17. Experienced: 2009-04-10

From McKellar Hut to Lake Howden Hut via Greenstone Track
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Distance: 6.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 630m to 715m. Gain: 182m. Loss: 117m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From McKellar Hut follow the well formed Greenstone track northwards past Lake McKellar and the turnoff to the Caples Track. There is an official DOC campsite near Greenstone Saddle with a pit toilet which is the closest "official" place you can camp for free to the Routeburn, 1 hour from Howden Hut. Continue on past Lake Howden to reach Howden Hut at the lake's outlet, on the Routeburn Track.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2015-07-06 03:15:41. Experienced: 2009-04-10

From Lake Howden Hut to The Divide via Routeburn Track
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Distance: 2.9 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 527m to 780m. Gain: 109m. Loss: 278m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
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From Howden Hut follow the Routeburn Track up the hill and past the Key Summit turnoff, and down to the car park at the Divide. Simple!

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-07. Experienced: 2015-03-05

From Hollyford Roadend to Lake Alabaster Hut via Hollyford Track
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Distance: 19.1 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 15m to 154m. Gain: 363m. Loss: 407m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
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An excellent, Great Walk quality track runs from the road end all the way to Alabaster Hut. Wide, benched, well drained, and every side stream bridged. This segment is frequented by guided walkers so you might encounter their large groups. Hidden Falls Hut is 2 hours from the road end.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-07-14. Experienced: 2008-12-07

From Lake Alabaster Hut to Demon Trail Hut via Hollyford Track/Demon Trail
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Distance: 11.9 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 7m to 139m. Gain: 273m. Loss: 284m . Gradient: 3 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the Hollyford track down Lake Alabaster and cross the swing bridge across the Pyke River. A good quality track heads down valley through bush to follow the Hollyford River to Lake McKellrow. I walked this in torrential rain, side streams along here are mostly not bridged and are tricky to cross in flood. The track floods in places from the streams. The ford across the Hollyford to McKerrow Island (2-3 hours from Alabaster Hut) is impassible when the Hollyford is in flood. From the head of the lake follow the Demon Trail on to Demon Trail hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-07-14. Experienced: 2008-12-08

From Demon Trail Hut to Martins Bay Hut via Demon Trail
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Distance: 20.6 km (9.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1m to 71m. Gain: 288m. Loss: 284m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Demon Trail Hut carry on down the lake following the track. The larger streams are crossed by 3 wire bridges but in normal flows can usually be forded if desired. Hokuri Hut is reached after 4-5 hours from Demon Trail Hut. Shortly north of Hokuri Hut the track reaches the lake edge and generally stays there for the rest of the way to the foot of the lake. Leaving the track and following the lake beach is very pleasant. Hokuri Creek is easily forded at its mouth under normal flows, other wise head up the creek to cross the 3 wire. From the beach nothing is seen of Jamestown or "Charlies Place". At the foot of the lake the markers are visible where the track swings northwards, there's a display of a canoe here under a shelter. Follow the good quality track in land to the head of a large clearing near the Martins Bay Guided walkers lodge. Weather forecasts can be gotten from here if you ask, and jet boats back up Lake McKerrow as far as the Pyke Lodge booked if they have room. The track continues on through mixed scrub to giant sand dunes along the lower Hollyford River. Follow the track on to Martins Bay Hut. The seal colony at Long Reef is worth checking out if you have time.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2015-07-14 20:32:02


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