Length: from 1.0 up to 2.0 days
Distance: 11.4 km (6.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 456m to 742m. Gain: 579m. Loss: 314m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)

Start from Marble Hill campground and enjoy a days walk to a less visited hut. The beech forest in particular is magnificent and the bird-life prolific. Some prior experience tramping off tracks is a good idea. The 'tracks' are not maintained by DOC and several river crossings very quickly become impassable with rain.

Access to the hut via the head of the valley, over the low saddle from cannibal gorge hut, is surprisingly straight forward but has no track and no official markers. More experienced parties will also enjoy crossing or traversing the Freyburg Range.


NZTM2000: 1536093, 5311327 (alt: 460m)

Basic facility DOC campground. Toilets, water, some sheltering trees, lots of sandflies.

Created by: Hugh vn on 2014-10-18

From Marble Hill Campground to Track Start via 4wd Track
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Distance: 4.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 456m to 573m. Gain: 120m. Loss: 4m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Ford the Maruia river opposite or up from the campsite. Follow the 4wd track up the TL of Alfred Stream, find the start of the track 100m past the high point crossing into the Pel Stream catchment.

Created by: Hugh vn on 2014-10-20

From Track Start to Gilchrist Creek via unofficial track
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Distance: 2.6 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 563m to 648m. Gain: 123m. Loss: 136m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An unofficial semi maintained track. There's a sign at the turn off from the 4wd road, just after the highpoint. Old markers and ground trail follow along a high terrace and eventually down to Glichrist creek/Pell stream junction.

There are numerous gold mining remains on the terrace - water races and shafts - all well hidden in the bush.

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2014-12-20 04:22:59. Experienced: 2019-09-09

From Gilchrist Creek to track re start via stream
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Distance: 1.3 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 560m to 607m. Gain: 106m. Loss: 78m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the creek, crossing as necessary. It is possible to scramble along the TL bank, but its steep and slow. Pick up the restart of the track after the larger unnamed side creek. If the stream bed suddenly becomes hopelessly gorged - you've missed the track start.

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2014-12-20 04:26:46. Experienced: 2014-09-09

From track re start to top of gorge via unofficial track
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Distance: 1.5 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 596m to 742m. Gain: 154m. Loss: 94m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

the second and key section of track. The creek looks impassable below this high sidle. Both ends are well marked (2015).

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2014-12-20 04:29:05. Experienced: 2014-09-09

From top of gorge to Pell Stream Hut via stream
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Distance: 2.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 655m to 731m. Gain: 76m. Loss: 2m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the creek up to the hut. Again there is a marked route on the TL but at normal or low flow following the creek works just as well.

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2014-12-20 04:32:14

NZTM2000: 1545552, 5313973 (alt: 728m)

Basic Hut/bivvy. A less visited 4 bunk S70 well maintained by DOC.

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2014-10-18 00:25:42


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