(draft) Trip: My Trip
Distance: 67.4 km (33.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 614m to 1702m. Gain: 5281m. Loss: 6644m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)


From Ruahine Corner Hut to Potae Track Junction via Potae Track
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Distance: 2.2 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1186m to 1260m. Gain: 166m. Loss: 118m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From Ruahine Corner Hut, a poled route leads 300m east along the bushedge before swinging south and entering the bush as a cut, marked track. After 600m a clear ridgeline forms, which the track follows past a large grassy slip, reaching the signposted junction with the track SE towards the main range after 1.5km.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 23:08:12. Experienced: 2018-02-04

From Main Range / Potae junction to Potae Track Junction via Potae-Main Range Track
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Distance: 4.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1099m to 1479m. Gain: 309m. Loss: 554m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From the form in the main range, continue NNW over pt1503 (a 100x100m round lump 20m higher than the surrounding flat tops). Continue another 200m on a bearing of 320 degrees to reach a signpost pointing WNW towards Potae (Ruahine Corner Hut). From here head WNW and pick up the side-spur dropping in that direction. It all requires good compass skills in bad weather on these featureless tops.

Soon the spur becomes well defined and enters leatherwood through a well travelled, well cut track (2018). The track drops and climbs repeatedly through beech forest for 2km, before crossing a small stream, climbing and sidling a bit, then making a final steep climb to the wind-carved rock of Potae ridge. A signposted track junction with the Colenso / Ruahine Corner Track is found on the crown of the ridge.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 23:03:41. Experienced: 2018-02-04

NZTM2000: 1871980, 5606851 (alt: 1238m)

Signposted track junction 400m NE of Potae highpoint

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 23:04:46. Experienced: 2018-02-04

From Main Range / Potae junction to Potae Track Junction via Potae-Main Range Track
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Distance: 4.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1099m to 1479m. Gain: 309m. Loss: 554m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From the form in the main range, continue NNW over pt1503 (a 100x100m round lump 20m higher than the surrounding flat tops). Continue another 200m on a bearing of 320 degrees to reach a signpost pointing WNW towards Potae (Ruahine Corner Hut). From here head WNW and pick up the side-spur dropping in that direction. It all requires good compass skills in bad weather on these featureless tops.

Soon the spur becomes well defined and enters leatherwood through a well travelled, well cut track (2018). The track drops and climbs repeatedly through beech forest for 2km, before crossing a small stream, climbing and sidling a bit, then making a final steep climb to the wind-carved rock of Potae ridge. A signposted track junction with the Colenso / Ruahine Corner Track is found on the crown of the ridge.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 23:03:41. Experienced: 2018-02-04

From Kylie Biv turnoff to Kylie Bivvy via Track
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Distance: 0.4 km (0.2 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1360m to 1475m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 115m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The route down from the Kylie Biv turnoff to the biv itself follows a steep, narrow spur SE. The route is marked with warratahs and cairns, dropping into leatherwood, where there is a well cut track (2018). The biv sits among tall leatherwood on a flat shoulder of the spur. The view from the bivis unimpressive, but the long-drop 20m beyond looks all the way down the Makaroro to the plains below.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 03:45:37. Experienced: 2018-02-04

Distance: 2.1 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1448m to 1496m. Gain: 84m. Loss: 80m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Relatively straightforward walk across boggy tops dotted with tarns. We skirted along the western side of the ridge and avoided direct climb over 1503. A sign at the northern end of pt1503 indicated junction with Ruahine Corner, Aranga and Makaroro Huts.

Created by: Ellya on 2018-02-09. Experienced: 2018-02-04

From Kylie Biv turnoff to Te Atua Mahuru summit via Main Range Route
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Distance: 5.1 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 1372m to 1526m. Gain: 433m. Loss: 382m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From the Kylie Bic turnoff the ridgeline and route head due west, climbing over Tupari summit, before skirting the head of a series of slips above the basin to its south. The track frequently leads onto these slips which are gravel-on-rock and dangerous. Stay on the ridgeline or scrubby western side, and avoid temptation to try the east.

South of here a good ground trail becomes established along the narrow ridgeline, though the track is still unmarked. Several saddles and summits must be crossed, with good water available at the tarn 1km north of Ina Rock.

A signposted track junction on Te Atua Mahuru marks the top of the Colenso Spur track from Barlow Hut / Makaroro River to the east.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 03:38:40. Experienced: 2018-02-04

From Te Atua Mahuru summit to Maroparea Highpoint via Main Range Route
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Distance: 1.4 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1460m to 1526m. Gain: 103m. Loss: 127m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

The ridgeline swings SW from Te Atua Mahuru towards Maroparea highpoint, crossing a broad saddle dotted with tarns. The route in unmarked but easily followable on the identifiable ridgeline.

The junction of the route to Maropea Forks Hut is not marked with a signpost, but is at the Maroparea highpoint.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 03:28:05. Experienced: 2018-02-04

From Maroparea Highpoint to Sparrowhawk Bivvy via Main Range Route
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Distance: 3.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1318m to 1502m. Gain: 312m. Loss: 172m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

The ridgeline sawtooths over several small peaks south of Maroparea, climbing lastly the conical Orupu. Dropping east of Orupu you swing south to a low saddle and hit leatherleaf again - thankfully sparse. Heading south from the saddle the turnoff to Sparrowhawk is not signposted, but a few warratahs mark the route to the hut, tucked out of sight at the head of a spur 50m to the east of the ridgeline.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 03:22:23. Experienced: 2018-02-04

NZTM2000: 1869218, 5590075 (alt: 1666m)

High pyramidical peak dominating the eastern Ruahines above Sunrise Hut. A popular return walk from Sunrise, or a highpoint on the through route along the main range. The northern side is a good tramp on an unmaintained track, and suitable for most trampers. South is another matter - a steep ascent / descent on a scree knifedge, suitable only for experienced trampers in good conditions.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 02:45:33. Experienced: 2014-03-07

From Sparrowhawk Bivvy to Armstrong Saddle via Main Range Route
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Distance: 6.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 1237m to 1489m. Gain: 683m. Loss: 686m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

South from Sparrowhawk the main Ruahine ridge becomes scrubby. The climb to Maropea is ok, but Maropea summit is dominated by speargrass and best bypassed to the west. The saddle south between Maropea and pt1476 is scrubby and tough on the legs, but 'ok.'. The next saddle south however, is covered with thick scrub and densely packed bush and is a real bushbash (2014). It is hgard, painful going and 'find-your-own-way' until you get clear of it climbing to pt1499. I sidled the west, then crossed to the east, but the route was hardly recommendable.

Once on to pt1499, things improve, and it is an easy climb over the peak and down to Armstrong Saddle, where the track crossing from Sunrise to Top Maropea is obvious. A small tarn at the saddle provides water if you need it.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-02-09 02:51:44. Experienced: 2018-02-03

Distance: 2.9 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1308m to 1666m. Gain: 418m. Loss: 117m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An unmaintained track climbs from Armstrong saddle to Te Atuaoparapara summit for spectacular views.

From Armstrong saddle, follow the track west towards Top Maropea Hut for 600m to where the track starts to drop north, and the ridgeline swings SSW. Follow the ridgeline SSW along a rough ground trail, dropping to a saddle and then climbing the pyramidal peak beyond. The trail up the lower section of the climb is indistinct - but at a push you can merely follow the ridgeline up. A ground trail becomes clearer higher up, cutting briefly onto the eastern face (don't go too far, you'll hit slips) before climbing to the first summit above.

Te Atuaoparapara is the second of two summits, and the views are spectacular.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 23:15:35. Experienced: 2014-03-07

From Te Atuaoparapara summit to Waipawa Saddle via main range route
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Distance: 1.5 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1316m to 1676m. Gain: 44m. Loss: 404m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The route south from Te Atuaoparapara descends a steep ridge with scree on one side and bluffs on the other. It is not for the inexperienced, and should not be attempted in strong winds.

From Te Atuaoparapara, descend south, briefly on nice tussock but soon reaching scree faces. The ridgeline is dotted with tall impassible rock outcrops, and it is necessary to sidle below these on the western face. Descent the sharp ridgeline, or the western face just below it on loose scree to the saddle below. Do not venture onto the eastern face.

One on the saddle you can breath easy. Swing SE to climb onto the bare rocky ridgeline of the next highpoint, and follow it south over pt1625. Cairns try to lead you onto the eastern face - this is a mistake - don't do it. Instead, pass pt1625, head due south for 150m, and follow the tussock spur dropping towards the Waipawa Saddle. This becomes fine scree lower down, and is good running down to the saddle. A cairn and warratah at the saddle marks the track crossing from Waipawa Forks to Waikamaka Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2014-03-07

From Waipawa Saddle to Rangioteatua highpoint via main range route
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Distance: 2.5 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1316m to 1688m. Gain: 461m. Loss: 89m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Waipawa Saddle, head SE up the tussock spur towards the Thee Johns. The route is unmarked and the ground trail faint. This spur joins the ridgeline 60m below the summit, where you can swing west and skip the rest of the climb to the Three Johns Summit. A long, gentle climb follows on broad tops of tussock and later shingle to reach Rangioteatua. This unmarked, rounded summit is the junction with an unmarked route up from Rangi Saddle to the west,.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2007-01-01

From Rangioteatua highpoint to Trig A6G4 via main range route
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Distance: 1.1 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1620m to 1702m. Gain: 100m. Loss: 94m . Gradient: 10 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An easy walk along a broad, exposed shingle ridgeline leads from Rangioteatua to the next peak south, pt1715. A brief climb up the northern tussock face of the peak takes you to the trig. This is the junction ont he main range route with the track up from Smiths Stream Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2014-03-08

From Trig A6G4 to Broken/Hinerua ridge junction via broken ridge
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Distance: 3.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1477m to 1700m. Gain: 214m. Loss: 281m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From pt1715 (trig) a vague spur drops SW - a real compass job in poor visibility as the route/spur is not obvious. After descending 200m, you find yourself on a narrow ridgeline between pt1715 and Broken Ridge. A minor knob in the middle can be crossed, and the ridgeline is ok as far as the next saddle. Then the fun begins. A rocky outcrop blocks the way climbing directly up to Broken Ridge, and it is necessary to drop 50m NW towards Waterfall Creek to pass it. Sidle the loose scree face, crossing a gully, then climb again 100m up a loose scree face to regain the ridgeline again on the south side of the outcrop. The ridgeline is now a mix of waist-deep tussock and scrub, and climbs steeply to Broken Ridge. Force your way through it, gaining height until you crawl onto the top of Broken Ridge

Broken Ridge deserves its name - a narrow knife-edge of rotten crumbling rock. Follow the ridgeline SSE, avoiding false trails leading onto steep, gravel-on-rock faces. Gradually the ridgeline widens and the going becomes good as you reach the final easternmost knob (where the ridge starts to drop). This is the junction with the route from Hinerua Hut to the east.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 23:00:02. Experienced: 2014-03-08

From Broken/Hinerua ridge junction to Ohuinga highpoint via main range route
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Distance: 1.3 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1459m to 1670m. Gain: 211m. Loss: 174m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the knob where Broken Ridge forks, drop south (on a 190 degree bearing in bad weather) down a spur that heads for the saddle with Ohuinga. Swing west off the sour onto the saddle (this turn again is hard to spot in bad weather), dropping into tall tussock and leatherleaf. Beyond the saddle, a 200m climb follows up the defined spur, still in thick tussock and low leatherleaf, to reach Ohuinga highpoint.

A cairn marks the summit, and the junction with the routes to Tarn Biv / Black Ridge to the SE, and Iron Peg / Purity Hut (etc) to the NW.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 22:55:50. Experienced: 2014-03-08

From Ohuinga highpoint to Tiraha Highpoint via Sawtooth Ridge
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Distance: 3.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1471m to 1668m. Gain: 246m. Loss: 252m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Sawtooth Ridge is a narrow ridge with two rocky outcrops spaced evenly along it - hence the name. It is no better or worse than surrounding ridges in the Ruahines, but from its name has gained a daunting reputation. It is a tramping route in summer, with a few scrambles but no technical climbing. In winter it is a serious proposition. There is no marked track over the ridge, but a well-used ground trail is clearly visible, and this should be within the capabilities of most trampers who have tops route-finding ability and don't mind a scramble or two.

A broad rocky ridge runs south from Ohuinga, dropping steeply after 300m to the saddle at the lowpoint of 1400m, passing two rocky outcrops by sidling below them

Continuing south from the saddle, the two main rock outcrops (the teeth of the saw) are only partially climbed - good, well used ground trails cut across the steep faces of each avoiding the rocky bits of the outcrops. If you find yourself climbing on exposed rock, you're in the wrong place, and there is probably a sidle trail nearby. (My notes fail to record which side of each tooth I sidled.)

Climb / sidle the remaining smaller 'teeth', the ridge rising gradually so that by the far end of the sawtooth you're only 100m below the summit of Tiraha. A short climb follows up tussock and scree chutes to the summit.

Tiraha Summit is not marked. It is the junction of routes along the Sawtooth Ridge, the ridge east then south to Howletts, and a tough route starting SW to Te Hekenga and thence the western Ruahines.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2014-03-08

From Tiraha Highpoint to Howletts Hut via main range route
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Distance: 2.6 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1327m to 1663m. Gain: 76m. Loss: 409m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Tiraha highpoint the unmarked route to Howletts heads SSE along the high spur, passing the start of the Daphne Ridge towards Howletts. A cairn marks the spot where the route drops east of the spur into a basin, then cuts back NE across the tussock face to regain Daphne Spur. This dogsleg avoids a steep, slippery descent of the eastern face of Tiraha.

Once on Daphne Ridge the route is obvious. A good ground trail runs east down the ridge, swinging south towards Howletts. The first 2km are on tussock and shingle, occasionally sidling high on the western face to avoid climbing unnecessarily to intermediate knobs. 300m before Howletts the track enters stunted beech and a marked, cut track runs the remaining distance to the hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2014-03-08

From Howletts Hut to Longview-Howletts-Daphne track junction via Ruahine main range route
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Distance: 3.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1221m to 1409m. Gain: 311m. Loss: 293m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Howletts, follow the ridgeline SW passing the turnoff to Daphne after 50m. The route is not poled or cut. The ridgeline is scrubby, but the track fairly well defined as far as Taumatataua. Prior to reaching the next highpont (pt`1431) the route swings SE off the ridge, dropping 200m to the saddle, then climbing a similar distance up the far side to the next ridgeline. This section is thick with low leatherleaf and can be a bit of a scrub-bash.

A signpost located where the track hits the ridgeline (400m west of pt1271) marks the track junction with the track dropping NE to Daphne.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 22:48:15. Experienced: 2014-03-09

Distance: 2.2 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1335m to 1503m. Gain: 209m. Loss: 78m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Daphne track junction, head south along the unmarked, broad tussock ridge climbing steadily, past the pyramidical pt1452 and then on to Otumore highpoint. Warratahs starting around this point lead to a signpost at the junction of the Longview track and the route SW down Ngamoko range - 200m south of Otumore highpoint on the eastern escarpment.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2014-03-09

Distance: 1.1 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1455m to 1507m. Gain: 75m. Loss: 51m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An easy walk across featureless tussock tops heads SW from the Longview turnoff to pt1519, before swinging due west to the next unnamed highpoint where the ridgeline swings SSW. (From here a spur drops NW towards Iron Gates Hut)

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-04. Experienced: 2014-03-12

Distance: 2.2 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1441m to 1558m. Gain: 117m. Loss: 59m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Heading SW along Ngamoko Range from the Iron Gates turnoff, the ridgeline narrows, becoming better defined but also more undulating. Several ups and downs follow including two steep 100m climbs to reach the conical Tunupo highpoint. This is the top of a poled route/track leading west to Alice Nash Heritage Merorial Lodge.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-04. Experienced: 2014-03-12

From Tunupo Highpoint to Toka Biv turnoff via Ngamoko Range
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Distance: 1.9 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1472m to 1558m. Gain: 128m. Loss: 150m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

South of Tunupo the Ngamoko Range is steep and narrow. The descent of the peak is steep and can be tricky in snow / after rain. The route is unmarked by clear and well traveled through tussock and gravel. On the third minor peak, a signpost points east down a faint spur towards Toka Biv.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-04. Experienced: 2014-03-12

From Toka Biv turnoff to Toka Bivvy via route
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Distance: 0.7 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1323m to 1525m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 202m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The hut is 200 vertical meters down from the Ngamoko ridgeline on the eastern side. A steep descent down a fragmented spur. The turnoff is marked with a cairn - and occasional cairns mark the route down - easy to get the wrong spur in the fog. The biv is tucked at the back of a basin off the north side of the spur behind some shallow marshy tarns.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-04-22. Experienced: 2012-01-01

From Toka Biv turnoff to Toka highpoint via Ngamoko Range
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Distance: 1.0 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1436m to 1532m. Gain: 66m. Loss: 96m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The unmarked route continues SW from the Toka Biv turnoff for a further 1km to Toka highpoint where it meets the marked Knights Track. A marked track drops east to Leon Kinvig Hut and, 100m beyond, a 2nd track junction has the Knights Track dropping west to Limestone Road.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-04. Experienced: 2014-03-12

From Toka highpoint to Shorts Track summit via Ngamoko Range
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Distance: 2.1 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1329m to 1505m. Gain: 52m. Loss: 195m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Toka highpoint a poled route follows the Ngamoko Range SSW for 1.5km to reach pt1380. Here the poled route swings west to become Shorts Track, dropping to Limestone Road in the lowlands to the west, The point where the Ngamoko Range route leaves the track and continues South along the range is not marked but is obvious in clear visibility. In poor conditions, you need to start heading south off the track about 50m after it swings due west. A reasonable ground trail is present at first.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-04. Experienced: 2014-03-12

From Shorts Track summit to Limestone Roadend via southern (righthand) Deerfood Loop
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Distance: 4.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 614m to 1371m. Gain: 74m. Loss: 828m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Access to Ngamoko Range via Deerford and Shorts Tracks. Crosses farmland and creek, then climbs through beech forest. This route follows right-hand section of Deerford Loop track, although either can be taken. The right sidles along before climbing steeply through beech forest and open grassy track affording great views of the central plateau. Left fork passes start of Knights Track before zigzagging steeply through beech forest. Shorts Track begins from the top of the Deerford loop, just below the leatherwood. Track is easy to follow, although can be overgrown with ferns and hook grass at certain times of the year (wear gaiters!). Gradient is steady, but not brutal.

Created by: Ellya on 2017-04-10. Experienced: 2017-01-01

Distance: 2.1 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1448m to 1496m. Gain: 80m. Loss: 84m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Relatively straightforward walk across boggy tops dotted with tarns. We skirted along the western side of the ridge and avoided direct climb over 1503. A sign at the northern end of pt1503 indicated junction with Ruahine Corner, Aranga and Makaroro Huts.

Created by: Ellya on 2018-02-09. Experienced: 2018-02-04


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