(draft) Trip: Tararua Easter trip
Distance: 39.7 km (22.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 199m to 1459m. Gain: 4626m. Loss: 6132m . Gradient: 16 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)

Trip Cancelled due to covert 19


From Atiwhakatu Hut to River Ridge Junction via Atiwhakatu Track
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Distance: 3.4 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 380m to 493m. Gain: 255m. Loss: 346m . Gradient: 10 deg (Gentle)
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Easy walk along benched track from Atiwhakatu Hut to junction with the River Ridge Track. Large slip exists on track, but it relatively solid under foot and easy enough to cross. All stream crossings are bridged.

Created by: Ellya on 2017-10-23. Experienced: 2017-10-22

From Atiwhakatu Hut to Jumbo Hut via Raingauge Spur Track
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Distance: 2.3 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 481m to 1227m. Gain: 833m. Loss: 87m . Gradient: 24 deg (Moderate-hard)
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Steep, but straightforward climb through forest to Jumbo Hut. A lot of tree roots underfoot.

Created by: Ellya on 2018-04-11. Experienced: 2018-03-17

From Jumbo to Jumbo Hut via Jumbo-Holdsworth track
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Distance: 1.0 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1224m to 1394m. Gain: 201m. Loss: 34m . Gradient: 14 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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A well used track, worn into the hillside drops down the spur east of Jumbo towards Jumbo Hut. Easy going and impossible to miss on open tops.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-11 22:15:32. Experienced: 2018-03-17

From Mt Holdsworth to Mid Waiohine Hut via Isabelle
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Distance: 3.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 379m to 1459m. Gain: 128m. Loss: 1208m . Gradient: 22 deg (Steep)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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A signpost just below the trig at Mt Holdsworth marks the turnoff to Isabelle and Mid Waiohine. The track is a bit overgrown with tussock and slow going - look carefully for the footpad. A steep low saddle connects Holdsworth and Isabelle. The descent starts gentle down the tussock WSW off Isabelle, but on reaching a cairn the track swings west and descends precipitously into the bush. A very steep descent on a good cut track with plenty to hold onto follows until 10 minutes before the hut, when the gradient lessens. A 1000m descent without a break of slope. Mid Waiohine Hut is on the track on a damp, dark terrace above the river. Great campsite exists on the river flat.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:07:01. Experienced: 2017-12-30

From Mid Waiohine Hut to Aokaparangi via Track
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Distance: 4.2 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 377m to 1344m. Gain: 1139m. Loss: 174m . Gradient: 19 deg (Steep)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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An unnecessary-feeling climb-then-descent takes you south from Mid Waiohine Hut to the swingbridge. 100m of easy walking follows then the climb begins. Very steep for the first 600m, then a series of gentle climbs & steep bursts after that. Good cut track, but steep, relentless and hard going for 1000 vertical meters.

At the bushedge you're level with Aokaparangi Hut, but the face is steep and scrubby, so easiest is to climb to the summit a further 200m above the bushline.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:09:16. Experienced: 2017-12-31

From Aokaparangi to Maungahuka Hut via Tararua Main Range route
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Distance: 4.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1056m to 1344m. Gain: 510m. Loss: 564m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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The marked route continues along the narrow ridge with brief steep climbs to Wright (1196m) and Simpson (1174m) before the ridge broadens and climbs to the tarn at the new, cold, draughty Maungahuka Hut. Leatherleaf is present in the saddles but the track is well cut.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:42:58. Experienced: 2018-01-01

From Maungahuka Hut to Neill Forks Hut via Concertina Knob
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Distance: 4.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 1315m. Gain: 338m. Loss: 1306m . Gradient: 24 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
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Heading briefly south from Mangahuka Hut follow the main range track some 200m to Mangahuka highpoint, where a signpost just before the descent start marks a track SW to Neill Forks. Although the sign says 2 hours, allow 3 to be more realistic! A brief 5m climb is followed by a long descent over rock and tussock tops. The track is not marked, but the ridge is fairly obvious so long as you remember to swing east rather than south after crossing Mangahuka highpoint.

A DOC triangle on the bushedge is the first marker, and is followed by a good cut marked track through cloud forest. Several climbs and descents are required to reach Concertina Knob - an apt name.

On the summit the track swings south and descends precipitously to the Hector River. You could almost roll a rock off the top and have it stop at the swingbridge below. Crossing the bridge, Neill's Forks hut is on the opposite bank.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-12 18:48:09. Experienced: 2018-01-01

Distance: 1.9 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 923m. Gain: 29m. Loss: 611m . Gradient: 20 deg (Moderate-hard)
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The track heads briefly upriver from Neill Forks before swinging SE to climb steeply to the ridgeline above. The track is well marked though a little loose in places low down. Quite a bit of windfall crosses the track and some (mostly well-worn) diversions are in place. Just keep an eye out for orange markers in several spots as some animal tracks are present. 600 vertical meters on unchanging gradient follows before suddenly it ends and you find yourself on flat, boggy, wooded tops. A signpost 100m beyond marks the junction with the Cone-Totora Flats track.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-11 22:49:34. Experienced: 2018-01-01

Distance: 4.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 199m to 942m. Gain: 202m. Loss: 924m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
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A well marked track through forest along the ridge to Totara Flats. Fairly gentle gradient until the final descent to the Flats. The hut is reached a hundred metres or so past the bridge

Created by: Ellya on 2018-04-11. Experienced: 2018-01-01

From Cone / Totora / Neills track Jn to Totara Flats Hut via Totara Creek Track
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Distance: 5.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 199m to 760m. Gain: 773m. Loss: 217m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
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A poorly marked, infrequently cut (2010) track follows the broad wooded ridgeline NW from the Neill Forks turnoff along Cone Ridge. The track was easy to lose in 2010, but following the main ridge was possible to pick up again.

2018 - this track is clear and marked, although the forest is quite open in places, so be observant of markers. It appears as though the track drops slightly off the west of the ridge as opposed to traversing the top, but this is well indicated with orange tape and markers. A quick easy traverse along the top without too many roots or bogs, until it drops steeply (as below description).

The ridge narrows as you start to descend, and the track becomes better defined, dropping first gently, later steeply to reach flats upriver of Totora Flats Hut. The hut is 500m downstream just beyond the swingbridge.

Last updated by: Ellya at 2018-04-11 22:43:28. Experienced: 2018-01-01

From Holdsworth/Kaitoke track Jn to Holdsworth Lodge via Holdsworth Track
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Distance: 4.4 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 314m to 757m. Gain: 218m. Loss: 661m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate)
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Easy benched track from Totara Flats/ Holdsworth Track Junction down to Holdsworth Lodge

Created by: Ellya on 2018-04-12. Experienced: 2018-01-02


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