(draft) Trip: Mangahao to Green Rd
Distance: 32.7 km (11.9 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Hard terrain
Altitude: 167m to 763m. Gain: 1650m. Loss: 2161m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)


From Burttons Track (west end) to Mangahao Rd - Te Araroa turnoff via Tokomaru Rd / Mangahao Rd
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Distance: 3.7 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 296m to 378m. Gain: 139m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 3 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the end of Burtton Track to Tokomaru #3 Dam is an easy, if uninteresting walk along the graveled Tokomaru Road,. Reaching the end of the road, turn left along Mangahao Road. Starting in post-forestry wasteland, and later entering regenerating bush at the park boundary, there’s not much scenery-wise.

100m beyond the park boundary at the head of Tokomaru #3 Reservoir, a signpost marks the start of a tramping track through the front-country to Gladstone Rd - part of the Te Araroa Trail.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-20 02:15:35. Experienced: 2014-03-18

Distance: 11.2 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 167m to 503m. Gain: 815m. Loss: 1024m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

The start of the Burtton Track is signposted with the usual DOC signs, and a stile is present over the fence. You can’t miss it, even if it isn’t shown on the map. The track is broad, well marked and well cut through now-tall regenerating bush. Heading south along the ridgeline to pt505, it then swings west towards the Tokomaru. As we drop, the regenerating bush is replaced by tall, mature podocarp. Real trees – the first in a long time.

The track drops to the side-creek south of the main spur, hitting it 200m up from the forks. There are good campspots here, if you didn’t fancy the side-trip to Punga Hut. Crossing the creek we climb and sidle a bit and drop to the main Tokomaru river.

After a brief section in the riverbed – a few crossings required, a good poled, marked track starts up on the western bank. This follows the river, sometimes on the flats, sometimes sidling, until it hits the 4WD track shown on maps. We follow this upriver through rough sheep-pasture for another kilometer or so, to where a tidy (private) bach sits on the western valleyside. Just before this the tramping track crosses the river (no signpost, look for markers opposite). Once on the far bank, the track is vaguely poled as it heads up grassy river flats, but becomes cut and clear once it hits the bush again.

This is now the true Burtton Track, benched into the hillside and sidling the valley all the way to the forestry at Tokomaru Rd. Half way, the old site of Burtton’s Whare is marked and has information panels. Interesting history and clearly he was a tough old bugger, but on the ground there’s not much to see. The valleyside alternates between sections of low regenerating bush – presumably the areas that were farmed, and bands of beautiful mature bush – tall totora reaching for the sky, an understory of fern trees below. Later, we sidle on an ATV track below forestry, before finally climbing to meet the Tokomarru Road. The signpost at the junction has been destroyed – just the post remains – beware if you are heading in the reverse direction.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-20 02:03:27. Experienced: 2014-03-18

Distance: 4.6 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 317m to 500m. Gain: 249m. Loss: 66m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

This section of Te Araroa Trail runs through PNCC-owned forestry and has been predominantly closed for years due to logging. The good news is they'll soon run out of trees to cut down. Contact Palmerston North City Council to check is access is possible.

From the locked gate at Scott's Roadend, the forestry track continues over the bridge and up the valley beyond. after about 2km a 3-way junction is reached with the westernmost track being the access to Burtton's Track. The junction is signposted. A further 2.5km of walk on dirt forestry roads remains to reach the style and signposted start of Burtton's track.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2014-03-18

From pt510 to Scotts Road roadend via forestry tracks
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Distance: 1.9 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 315m to 499m. Gain: 12m. Loss: 195m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

This route is through PNCC-owned forestry. You should check with them before entering.

From pt510 the forestry track continues NW before sweeping down into the Kahuterawa valley to hit Scotts Road. The creek must be forded and is normally small and ankle deep. The roadend and locked gate are 100m north across the bridge.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2013-02-25

From pt600 to pt510 via route
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Distance: 1.2 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 496m to 584m. Gain: 29m. Loss: 114m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
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GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

For the most part the route from pt600 to pt510 is well marked.

A broad, cut, but unmarked track heads due east from pt600 before swinging north to pt510. One spot of windfall made this hard to follow, but it was an otherwise easy track to head down. It eventually enters PNCC-owned forestry a few hundred meters short of pt510, and becomes a grassy 4wd track. At pt510 you can head SSW to reach the start of the Punga Hut track via forest tracks, or continue straight on to hit the main forest access road over a ford just inside the main gate at the end of Scotts Road.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2013-03-16

From Arawara Highpoint to pt600 via Main Range route
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Distance: 1.4 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 566m to 617m. Gain: 48m. Loss: 75m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

A roughly marked route runs west the SW along the main range from the track junction on the unnumbered highpoint between pt624 and Arawatu. The start of the route is marked with flagging tape on the summit.

Head west along the range. After 200m a track branches off south into the small creek, on the opposite side of which an old tent camp exists. Ignoring the turnoff, continue west along the tops, following the range as it swings SW to pt 600.

At pt600 the most obvious track starts to drop west, but another flagging-tape marked route also hgeads south. The turnoff can be hard to spot.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2013-03-18

Distance: 1.6 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Hard terrain
Altitude: 641m to 763m. Gain: 146m. Loss: 26m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Roughly marked route:
- Leave the the loop track swings left (ESE) NW of pt 664. The junction was obvious, but unsignposted (2014)
- Follow the Arawaru Track as it swings west round the head of the creeks to Arawaru Summit. This track was only cut through the worst of the scrub (2014) and whilst it had been previously well marked though bush sections, some kind soul had pulled much of the flagging tape down in 2014. The route gets worse as you go and becomes a bit of a scrub bash.
- The Arawaru Track joins the Quartz Creek-Arawaru Track just south of Arawaru summit. At the junction follow the track north to the trig for your 1st named Tararua peak.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-19 22:07:09. Experienced: 2014-03-18

Distance: 2.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 487m to 640m. Gain: 46m. Loss: 199m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
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GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Partially complete PNCC tramping track:
- From the junction with H4, follow the Loop Track south, climbing gently up the ridge for 2km, crossing over pt 628 and starting to climb to pt664
- The track swings sharply ESE off the ridge at an obvious junction, from which a route also continues SW towards Arawaru.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2014-03-18

Distance: 1.6 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 412m to 492m. Gain: 128m. Loss: 130m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Roughly cut trap lines:
- From the H10/Old Hunta junction head briefly west along Old Hunta for 200m.to where the spur starts to drop to the creek. Flagging tape marks a track junction.
- Turn left along H4, crossing the next 2 rivers and climbing to the ‘loop track’ – a partially complete PNCC tramping track

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2014-03-18

From pt662 to H10-OldHunta Juncton via H1, H10
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Distance: 1.4 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 460m to 619m. Gain: 36m. Loss: 170m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Roughly cut traplines:
- At pt622, a 4wd track continues briefly south off South Range Road, soon leading to a large triangle marked H1 (other similarly marked tracks, such as one end of ‘Old Hunta’ are also present, but we take H1).
- H1 - drops down the ridge SW towards Otangane Str.
- H1 becomes H10, and we follow it over the creek
- Beyond the creek, we reach a junction with ‘Old Hunta’

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2014-03-18

From pt662 to Platinum mines turnoff via South Range Road
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Distance: 1.9 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 522m to 619m. Gain: 2m. Loss: 99m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From pt 622 South Range road swings NW and drops to a saddle, before climbing again to the next ridge. On the crest of this ridge a wooden signpost on the south side of the road marks the start of the track to the Platinum Mines. This section of the road has undisputed public access without the need for prior permission.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-19. Experienced: 2013-03-16


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