Altitude: 3m to 1637m. Gain: 5628m. Loss: 5096m . Gradient: 7 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/6) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)
A interesting west-east alpine crossing taking in 3 moderately low passes from Haast (Coppermine roadend) to Ohau (Huxley Lodge). Stunning scenery and some little visited country, but a trampers route - no alpine skills required for a summer crossing.
One crossing of the Landsboro is required, so low-normal river levels are a must. The eastern side of Broderick Pass crosses several avalanche paths, and so either good avalanche conditions, or no snow loading are a must for that section.
Public transport is available to the coppermine roadend, but on the eastern side there is none. Hitching as far as Ohau township is possible, but slow, but for the last 15km to the roadend you'd be reliant on trampers' cars for a lift.