Length: from 4.0 up to 6.0 days
Distance: 43.5 km (27.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 0m to 1080m. Gain: 414m. Loss: 1058m . Gradient: 2 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)

Distance: 3.1 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Well maintained walking track with easy grade. Popular tourist day walk to Lake Waikareiti. At the shelter there are 10+ dinghy's available for use. THey are locked up and you need to ask the visitor centre re hirage.

Created by: Bozzy on 2021-02-05. Experienced: 2020-12-19

From Lake Waikareiti Shelter and Boat Ramp to Sandy Bay Hut via Sandy Bay Hut track
Distance: 7.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Lake Waikareiti Shelter the track is well maintained and mostly very easy gradient. There are a few small climbs once the track gets to the north side of the track and here the track gets a bit rougher in paces.
The hut is 10min downhill from the junction with Kaipo Lagood track and is in a stunning location looking down the lake.

Created by: Bozzy on 2021-02-05. Experienced: 2020-12-19

From Sandy Bay Hut to Track Bend on Kaipo Lagoon Track via Kaipo Lagoon Track (Eastern Part)
Distance: 6.3 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Sandy Bay Hut, head back to the junction. Track meanders on easy gradient with occasional glimpses of various ponds. Kaipo Lagoon is the only one that the track goes close to and so is the only water source. Small climb to the Pukepuke spur until the track turns eastwards. No markers to designate the bend, however you you a vista of the Te Kei Stream valley through the trees.

Created by: Bozzy on 2021-02-06. Experienced: 2020-12-20

From Track Bend on Kaipo Lagoon Track to Owhakaroto Clearing via Te Kei Stream & Tui Flat Hut
Distance: 7.0 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 641m to 1080m. Gain: 103m. Loss: 542m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the track bend on Kaipo Lagoon Track, find the main spur heading NE. It would be easy to get on the wrong spur, but it is very pronounced and easy to follow once you find it. Open and fast going down this spur. Scenic detour to the 23m waterfall is optional.
Follow Te Kei Stream down for the next 2-3 km. Quite a lot of fern to push through makes this slow going in places. We stayed 50-100m from the stream on the TL but the TR is likely to be the same. Plenty of places to cross the stream if necessary.
We camped on the kink in the stream just south of Pt720. Nice flat spot and a good place for a swim.
You can't miss the Ruakituri river, but can cut straight across to Tui Flat hut. Well camouflaged hut that might be hard to find without GPS. https://hutbagger.co.nz/huts/tui-flat-hut.
Easy to find the Owhakaroto clearing if you follow the TR of the Ruakituri

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2021-02-06 17:57:08. Experienced: 2020-12-20

From Owhakaroto Clearing to Track Junction with small stream via Ruakituri River and Tupunui Stream
Distance: 9.6 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Owhakaroto Clearing, travel south to an easy crossing place just below large rock ledge that stands out in the middle of the river. There are likely many other places to cross depending on how wet you are willing to get.
Follow TL of the river to the junction with Anina Stream. Crossing Anini Steam is easy when the river is low, but would be difficult after rain.
This took 3 hours to get to the junction at slow pace.
Mostly open bush and easy going.
From the confluence there is a deer track that goes straight up North onto the spur. Once you hit Tupunui Steam you are mostly wading through ferns for the rest of the way to Rua's track.
Getting from the Tupunui Steam onto the main spur to Pt 946 is rather vague and will take good compass or a GPS. The spur is mostly good going.
From Pt 946, drop down to the North East. The ferns are really thick here and it is tricky to pick up the Spur heading North West.
There is water (in Summer) in the stream just before Rua's track. It would be possible to go right through Rua's track without seeing it.
Once you pick up the track, head West to the stream. There is flattish areas 50m west of the stream suitable for camping.

Created by: Bozzy on 2021-02-06. Experienced: 2020-12-22

Distance: 10.2 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 566m to 884m. Gain: 311m. Loss: 516m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Rua's track was once a fairly major construction. Apparently by the Public Works department early in the 20th Century.
It is hard to find much about the track, but some info here

The track has not been maintained in a very long time and perhaps it never will be again. 80% of the track was easy to follow but there are some sections with no (or few) markers. One should be prepared to lose the track altogether at times and confident enough to start navigating with compass. We did this a couple of times before finding the track again.
Many of the small streams/gullies are bridged by the logs the bushmen cut 100+ years ago. You can still see the stumps with Jigger Board cuts in places.
The last 3-4km alternate between open areas of bowling green grass kept well trimmed by deer AND thick ferns that take energy to wade through. Often the track can be found by spotting lines of ferns that have grown along the track.

There is little water on this track. There are few very small streams (in Dec) coming off the Pt1108 Hill near Rangitata.

At the Waimaha Station end you will need permission to cross the farm. It is a 3 hour walk to the farm headquarters. There is a good camp spot beside the farm cottage next to the Hangaroa River. Permission should be sought to camp here.

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2021-02-07 13:52:52. Experienced: 2020-12-23

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