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Distance: 6.6 km (4.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 706m to 1686m. Gain: 1184m. Loss: 224m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)


Distance: 1.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1406m to 1686m. Gain: 297m. Loss: 17m . Gradient: 19 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Rangi Saddle, a narrow unmarked ground trail climbvs SE towards Rangioteatua. The climb is steep, but on short tussock it is reasonable going to the first knob. A short saddle follows, then another, steeper climb to the main peak. Things become steep and rocky 80m or so up this ascent, and a scree chute to the north looks tempting. It is not recommended though as it steep and is little more than gravel-on-rock and offers no purchase to climb. So persist with the rocky spur and zigzag round the outcrops until the next knob when you get onto good stable rocks, and the gradient drops to a walk rather than scramble. After the steep climb, Rangioteatua is a gently rounded summit with views over the Hawkes Bay plains.

The summit, where this route meets the main NS Ruahine Main Range route is not marked.

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

From Waikamaka Hut to Rangi Saddle via Rangi Saddle route
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Distance: 1.5 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1130m to 1405m. Gain: 277m. Loss: 6m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Waikamaka Hut, head up the creek to the south towards Rangi Saddle. This starts as a riverbed route, but a cut, marked track later appears, crossing the creek a few times until it reaches the bushedge. From here there are no (useful) markers, follow good ground trails up the creek, often sidling low on the western bank, but avoiding climbing more than 15m above the creek. 150m NE of Rangi Saddle the creek forks, and a steep, speargrass-covered face climbs to the saddle itself. Warratahs mark a route, but do not coincide very well with the faint ground trail. Riven the thick speargrass, follow the ground trail, if you can find it. Hard - painful going to the saddle.

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

From Waipawa Saddle to Waikamaka Hut via track / riverbed
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Distance: 1.2 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Marked route - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1134m to 1320m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 186m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good poled route descends west from Waipawa Saddle to Waikamaka Hut.

Follow the warratahs west off the saddle, following a steep, narrow spur between two tributaries of the stream. There are some narrow, nervous scrambles at one point, after which you cross the southern fork of the creek atop a waterfall, and descend a tussock face to the river.

From here you are left to follow the small stream downriver to the forks at Waikamaka Hut. The stream is small and poses no risk in normal conditions. In flood conditions you may be able to sidle the southern bank, though it would be tough and scrubby.

A signpost, 10m before the confluence, marks the track ascending 20m to Waikamaka Hut on the southern bank. An old run-down biv is also located on the northern bank.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 23:11:23. Experienced: 2014-03-07

From Waipawa Forks Hut to Waipawa Saddle via riverbed / track
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Distance: 3.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 706m to 1316m. Gain: 610m. Loss: 15m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Waipawa Forks Hut, drop back to the river and head upstream on the flat, shingle riverbed. Going is flat and easy for the first kilometer, though ideally a few river crossings are made (ankle-knee deep in normal conditions, can flood after rain). After 1km the gradient of the riverbed increases and it becomes increasingly rocky. But it is still a good route with no real bouler climbing required.

About 800m before the saddle a forks is reached and DOC triangles mark the start of a steep scramble up the spur in between the main creek (south) and a side creek (north). This is steep going through beech and scrub for a bit, but after a few hundred meters you emerge onto tussock faces, and sidle them, climbing, to the pass. The route is poled and there is a good ground trail above the bushline.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2013-01-19


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