Length: from 7.0 up to 12.0 days
Distance: 182.8 km (57.9 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 95m to 1847m. Gain: 8167m. Loss: 9857m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)

An almost-complete trip from Moeraki/Herbert to the Lindis Pass / Birchwood Road (Ahuriri Valley) junction.

A few 'gaps' still exist in this route and probably always will given the cancellation of Tenure Review - which was responsible for most of this land becoming open to the public.

The gaps (and landowners for permission) are:
Otepopo Spur - pt813 to Kakanui CA boundary [5.5km] (McNaughton Farms Ltd (north) or AM+MJ Paton & BW Kearney (south))
Deep Creek to Kakanui Peak [2km] (JA and MW Simpson (north) or Tiroiti Farms Ltd (south))
Mt Nobbler to Danseys Pass Rd/Timber Creek (8km) (CA, DJ, JD & ZR Crutchley (west) or CJ Jamieson (east))
Wether Range (4km) (Dunstan Downs Station (west) or Twin Peaks Station (east))


From Wainakarua Track roadend to Staircase Hut via track/route
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Distance: 6.8 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 95m to 611m. Gain: 632m. Loss: 525m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the cut/marked DOC track down to the Wainakarua River. A short distance (300m) upriver a rougher track starts on the opposite bank, climbing onto the ridge leading to Staircase Hut. This track was roughly cut & marked when I visited (2007). Staircase Hut is off the south side of the ridge.

2-3 hrs

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From Staircase Hut to Bells Saddle via Prominent Peak
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Distance: 5.7 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 222m to 859m. Gain: 735m. Loss: 553m . Gradient: 13 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Not experienced

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From Bells Saddle to Conical Peak via Kinross Easement
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Distance: 4.5 km (1.5 DOC hours)
Altitude: 704m to 956m. Gain: 366m. Loss: 235m . Gradient: 8 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Public access easement resulting from Kinross tenure review. Follows fenceline from Bells Saddle to Conical Peak - then 4wd track west to track junction.

See https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/kinross

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From Conical Peak to Point G via Kinross Easement
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Distance: 2.1 km (1.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 523m to 830m. Gain: 11m. Loss: 318m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Public access easement resulting from Kinross tenure review. Follows 4wd track

See https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/kinross

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From Point G to Point H via Kinross Easement
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Distance: 1.0 km (0.3 DOC hours)
Altitude: 328m to 491m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 163m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Public access easement resulting from Kinross tenure review. Follows 4wd track

See https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/kinross

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From Point H to Point I via Kinross Easement
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Distance: 0.8 km (0.3 DOC hours)
Altitude: 371m to 491m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 120m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Public access easement resulting from Kinross tenure review. Follows 4wd track

See https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/kinross

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From Point I to Wainakarua forks via Wainakarua marginal strip
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Distance: 0.7 km (0.3 DOC hours)
Altitude: 337m to 345m. Gain: 11m. Loss: 3m . Gradient: 1 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Not experienced - 11m marginal strip up river - looks viable

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From Caithness easement - east end to pt813 via Caithness Easement
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Distance: 5.0 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 358m to 785m. Gain: 598m. Loss: 191m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Easement for public access- outcome of Caithness tenure review.

https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/caithness

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From Obi to Point D via track
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Distance: 6.7 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1082m to 1415m. Gain: 89m. Loss: 422m . Gradient: 4 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Crown land resulting from Mt Dasher tenure review - not yet showing on published DOC maps.

https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/mt-dasher

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From Point D to Half Moon Hut via ridgeline
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Distance: 4.2 km (1.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1082m to 1258m. Gain: 176m. Loss: 158m . Gradient: 5 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Crown land resulting from Mt Dasher tenure review - not yet showing on published DOC maps. Follow ridgeline.

https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/mt-dasher

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From Half Moon Hut to Deep Creek via track
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Distance: 5.0 km (1.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 679m to 1172m. Gain: 129m. Loss: 510m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Crown land resulting from Mt Dasher tenure review - not yet showing on published DOC maps. Follow track. Deep Creek is the PCL boundary.

https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/crown-pastoral-land/status-and-location-crown-pastoral-land/mt-dasher

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From Kakanui Peak to Mt Pisgah via ridgeline track
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Distance: 9.3 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1246m to 1611m. Gain: 521m. Loss: 405m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track traverses the northern face of Kakanui Peak 100m below the summit. This track runs along the ridgeline between Mt Pisgah and Kakanui peak and is well maintained (2021)

Note: The only realistic access to water was the creekheads north of pt1253 - and would have required a 100m-200m descent.

Created by: Madpom on 2021-04-01. Experienced: 2021-03-22

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From Mt Pisgah to Mt Nobbler via ridgeline
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Distance: 8.0 km (3.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1304m to 1618m. Gain: 474m. Loss: 551m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow 4wd track and ridgeline NW from Mt Pisgah to Mt Nobbler

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From Danseys Pass summit to Timber Creek roadend via Danseys Pass road
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Distance: 4.1 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 643m to 899m. Gain: 24m. Loss: 280m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Road walk down Danseys Pass. An old pack-horse track runs just above the road, if you prefer it.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-21

From Timber Creek roadend to Buster Hut via Mt Kyeburn Track
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Distance: 12.1 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 643m to 1575m. Gain: 1001m. Loss: 442m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A 4WD track heads up Timber Creek from the Danseys Pass Rd and climbs Mt Kyeburn. A further old 4WD track drops north from the summit later swinging west to the spectacular Buster Diggings. Mt Buster Hut is on the south face just before the diggings, just over the fence.

Timber Creek must be crossed at the start of the track. It is generally OK, but could become impassable after very heavy rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-21

From Buster Hut to Kyeburn Huts via Little Kyeburn Track
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Distance: 5.8 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 653m to 1202m. Gain: 15m. Loss: 564m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Buster Hut the poled route heads ESE across the head of a small creek and follows the spur down to the Little Kyeburn below. The final descent is a steep zigzag between bluffs. Crossing the river twice the track sidles down through the gorge to reach flats beyond, where it joins an old 4WD track. This leads 2km SW to Little Kyeburn Huts on the Mt Buster Road - generally accessible by 2WD vehicles to this point.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2007-01-01

From Kyeburn Huts to Buster Diggings Junction via Mt Buster Road
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Distance: 5.9 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 650m to 1221m. Gain: 22m. Loss: 571m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A steep, rough 4WD road zigzags down the face of the Hawkdons from Buster Diggings to Little Kyeburn Huts. The creek crossing to reach the huts on the south bank of Little Kyeburn is knee deep in normal flows and can flood. The hut on the north bank of the creek is private.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2016-06-01

From Buster Diggings Junction to Brown Hut junction via Tailings Hut track
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Distance: 4.7 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 921m to 1201m. Gain: 63m. Loss: 323m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A 4WD track, muddy in places, meanders north across the Oteake tops from Buster Diggings before descending to Robertson Creek. The creek crossing is ankle deep in normal flows, though could conceivably flood. The track junction with the Brown Hut track is 500m beyond and is signposted.

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From Brown Hut junction to Tailings Hut via Tailings Hut track
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Distance: 3.2 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 839m to 937m. Gain: 18m. Loss: 116m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track runs down Guffes Creek from the Brown Hut turnoff to Tailings Hut There are several crossings, me of which can be deep. The creek can be impassable after heavy rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2016-06-01

From Tailings Hut to Chimney Creek Hut via 4WD track
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Distance: 9.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 798m to 1377m. Gain: 710m. Loss: 288m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A rough, steep 4WD track connects Tailings Hut to the Chimney Creek Hut junction. From the Chimney Creek Hut junction, the track continues across open tops for a further 3km before commencing a steepening descent into Boundary Creek. The road bridge over Boundary Creek is ling gone, but a stock bridge is present 200m upriver if you are on foot and need it. From there the track climbs over Long Spur, ascending in a series of tight stony zigzags. The track then descends more gently down to Tailings Hut in the valley beyond. A track climbing Long Spur leads into private Mt Ida Syndicate land.

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From Chimney Creek Hut to Ida Railway Hut via 4WD track
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Distance: 6.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1257m to 1364m. Gain: 149m. Loss: 69m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track runs between Ida Railway Hut and the signposted Chimney Creek Hut junction across the flat Oteake tops. Chimney creek Hut is 600m north of the junction along a rough 4WD track.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2016-06-01

From Ida Railway Hut to Wire Yards Hut via 4WD track
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Distance: 3.8 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1337m to 1514m. Gain: 177m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 3 deg (Flat)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track connects Wire Yards Hut with Ida Railway Hut across the flat Oteake tops.

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From Wire Yards Hut to Walking Spur Jn via Walking Spur 4WD Track
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Distance: 6.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1383m to 1619m. Gain: 276m. Loss: 171m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track connects Wire Yards Hut with the main Hawkdon Range via Walking Spur.

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From Walking Spur Jn to Long Spur junction via Hawkdon Range 4WD track
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Distance: 4.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1516m to 1620m. Gain: 95m. Loss: 107m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track runs along the summit of the Hawkdon Range, over barren rock and scree. The turnoff down Walking Spur is signposted from the ridgeline. The turnoff down Long Spur from pt1622 is not signposted, but the 4WD track dropping NE is obvious on the ground.

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From Long Spur junction to Hawkdon Pt1857 via Hawkdon Summit 4WD track
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Distance: 11.3 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1552m to 1845m. Gain: 483m. Loss: 246m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good 4WD track runs along the summit of the Hawkdon Range over flat scree tops. Unsignposted track junctions lead down to the head of Clear Stream from pt1857, and down Long Spur from pt1622. Both tracks are clear on the ground.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2006-01-01

Distance: 4.7 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 760m to 1847m. Gain: 12m. Loss: 1096m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the obvious junction of 4WD tracks at pt 1857, drop west picking up the obvious spur and following occasional remains of an old fenceline. The descent is on good rock and scree to pt1334, where a buldozed track commences, paralleling the fenceline all the way down to the Mt Ida Water Race below. Follow the waterrace south for 1km to the signposted Shepherd's Hut Creek track

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2016-04-01

Distance: 1.7 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 668m to 763m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 95m . Gradient: 3 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A signposted public 4WD track runs down the south side of Shepherd's Hut Creek to Home Hills Road from the Mt Ida Water Race.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2016-04-01

Distance: 4.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 665m to 737m. Gain: 80m. Loss: 10m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Shepherd's Hut Creek turnoff, Home Hills Road runs 1km further north to the junction with Hawkdon Runs Road from the west. Take Hawkdon Runs Road and ford the creek (the bridge has been destroyed). This crossing is knee deep in normal flows but is impassable after rain. 500m beyond, a set of yards mark the turnoff north up the Manuherikia to Boundary and Top Huts. To reach the Homestead campsite continue 1km west along the road to where a signpost points into a block of mature pines containing the campsite and shelter. A walking track from the homestead also connects to the track up the Manuheikia.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-08-14. Experienced: 2016-06-01

From Homestead campsite & shelter to Boundary Creek Hut via Manukerekia (west) track
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Distance: 7.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 696m to 814m. Gain: 140m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

4WD track up Manuherikia west branch. Several river crossings -can flood.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-01-01

From Boundary Creek Hut to Top Hut via track
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Distance: 7.5 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 797m to 993m. Gain: 196m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

4WD track up Manuherekia River (west branch). Several creek crossings.Can flood after heavy rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-21. Experienced: 2015-12-01

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Distance: 10.9 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 992m to 1804m. Gain: 858m. Loss: 70m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

4WD track via Omarama Saddle, or route heading up the Manukerekia to the lake and climb out there.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2021-04-01 22:50:10

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Distance: 9.7 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 577m to 1719m. Gain: 106m. Loss: 1192m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

DOC land and legal access up/down spur to Lindis Road

Last updated by: Madpom at 2021-04-01 22:49:16


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