(draft) Trip: My Trip
Distance: 45.4 km (27.6 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 0m to 1526m. Gain: 2708m. Loss: 3778m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)


From The Pines to Mitre Flats Hut via Barra Track
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Distance: 7.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 265m to 467m. Gain: 322m. Loss: 210m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A farm track leads from the DOC signpost at the gate on the right before the farmhouse. 2km along a gravelled track on river flats follows before you reach a collection of farm sheds. At the sheds, to the left off the track, is a gate with a wooden DOC sign on it - easy to miss in the dark.

A couple of easy kilometers follow on a cut, marked track on river flats. After that the track - well defined and benched into the hillside, starts to climb and sidle. A dozen or so climbs and descent to the valleyside then follow before you finally drop to the swingbridge and cross the Waingawa to the west bank.

Mitre Flats hut is 100m further up river, over another sidestream which is spanned by a bridge.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-27 22:05:50. Experienced: 2010-05-14

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Distance: 5.4 km (3.5 DOC hours)
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GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Mitre Flats Hut to Brockett, via Mitre (peak)

Created by: Reganmcg on 2020-09-13

From Brockett highpoint to Girdlestone via Table Ridge
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Distance: 0.7 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1468m to 1525m. Gain: 57m. Loss: 42m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A narrow but rounded ridgeline of rock and low tussock leads SW to Girdlestone from Brockett. Reasonable going in still conditions.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2012-01-23

Distance: 0.5 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1416m to 1526m. Gain: 1m. Loss: 110m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A steady descent down a narrow ridge leads WNW towards Tarn Hut. The ridgeline only just wide enough to walk on in places - fun, but exposed!

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-10-16

Distance: 2.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1291m to 1416m. Gain: 82m. Loss: 149m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A gentle 2.5km wander takes you down the broad Dorset Ridge past a large tarn and onto the broad flat-topped pt1355. A signpost exists somewhere on this broad top marking the turnoff to Dorset Hut. There is marginal phone coverage at the signpost, but not the hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-05-16

Distance: 0.7 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1154m to 1347m. Gain: 193m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Dorset Ridge Hut, simply follow the ridge up until you reach the tops, via the broad, tussock face.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2012-01-22

From Dorset Hut turnoff (pt1355) to Parks Forks via Dorset Ridge
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Distance: 2.9 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 615m to 1349m. Gain: 2m. Loss: 736m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Cross the Waohine RIver (the eastern fork) at Parks Forks and start up the face opposite heading ESE. Very steep going at first - a tough climb for 300 vertical meters before the ridge levels out and starts to meander. The ridgeline is narrow in places, broad in others and drops to various saddles The bushedge is reached around 1200m and a further rocky kilometer follows through sparse leatherleaf on a narrow ridgeline with a good ground trail. Finally you break onto broad tussock tops. Ignore the first spur dropping south, and continue a further 500m round the head of a creek to where a 2nd broad tussock face drops to the SSE. This is the start of the side-spur dropping to Dorset Hut. There's a signpost marking the turnoff, but its easy to miss.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-21 00:15:04. Experienced: 2012-01-22

From Parks Forks to Carkeek Hut via unmaintained track
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Distance: 2.3 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 614m to 1073m. Gain: 459m. Loss: 8m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Both the Wiohine and Parks are 4-6m wide at this point and knee deep. They are a simple crossing in low flows but both can easily flood.

The track starts on a small peninsula between the Waiohine and Parks Rivers. Node about and pick up flagging tape marking the start of the track up the spur to the north. The track becomes indistinct and marking all-but stops, but going up is easy as there's only one ridge to follow. Once on the tops the ground trail becomes better as the gradient eases. An easy 1.5km walk on an unmarked ground trail follows to reach Carkeek Hut on the bushedgs.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2012-01-22

From Carkeek Hut to Waiohine Pinnacles via Carkeek Ridge
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Distance: 4.9 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1069m to 1476m. Gain: 618m. Loss: 257m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Heading due west off Tarn ridge, just north of pt1470 it is a 100m climb to Lancaster highpoint - the first summit of many on Carkeek Ridge. Obvious ridge continues to Thompson, but from this summit you must drop SSW and the ridge below which you are aiming for is not visible in fog. A small cairn on the ridgeline marks the spot to start descending SSW, but three spurs drop from this point and careful map&compass work is required ot get the right one if you can't see it. The ridge you require is directly below the cairn - but false ground-trails try to lead you further west.

The remainder of Carkeek ridge is long and narrow - a knife-edge in places. A far cry from the broad tarn dotted Dorset tot he south. Many rocky outcrops require brief scrambles - and not all are shown on the map. I counted 5 peaks all up after Thompson.

You hit leatherleaf on the knob above Carkeek Hut, but a track has been cut from this point through the worst bits. Carkeek Hut is tucked away just inside the bushedge, but the dunny is visible on the bushline.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2012-01-21

From Waiohine Pinnacles to Arete Hut via ridgeline
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Distance: 2.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1302m to 1445m. Gain: 114m. Loss: 201m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From pt1470, a decent ground trail follows the ridgeline north on good tops, passing the turnoff to Carkeek Hut via Lancaster after 100m. Arete Hut is reached after 2km of easy tops travel.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2006-01-01

From Arete Hut to Arete Peak via poled route
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Distance: 0.4 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1358m to 1484m. Gain: 126m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 19 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Arete Hut, follow the poled route uphill, climbing the tussock face to Arete Peak above.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2015-03-21

From Arete Peak to Pukematawai via track
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Distance: 0.8 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1348m to 1492m. Gain: 70m. Loss: 148m . Gradient: 15 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A poled, well-travelled route runs between Arete Peak and Pukematawai along a sharp but safe ridge. The track junction from Te Matawai Hut / Dracophyllum Hut is signposts and 40m west of Pukematawai summit.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2015-03-23

Distance: 2.2 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 937m to 1414m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 477m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A well travelled, poled track drops WNW from the signposted track junction west of Pukematawai summit. Dropping continuously and eroded/scoured out in places this is an obvious track on a stoney bed. You soon enter scrub, but the track is wide and well cut. After a couple of kilometers, still in the scub-band, a signposted track junction is reached. This is the turnoff to Mangahao Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2013-12-21

Distance: 0.6 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 868m to 931m. Gain: 16m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
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GPX info source: Drawn on map

The signpost at the Mangahao junction say 30 minutes to Te Matawai, but you could crawl it in that!

A good track heads west from the junction, soon entering mature bush and shelter from the elements. After a boggy saddle, the track starts to climb gently, and soon Te Matawai Hut appears beside the track.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-21 23:23:14. Experienced: 2013-12-21

From Te Matawai Hut to Yeates/Dora track Jn via Dora Track
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Distance: 1.1 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 760m to 888m. Gain: 41m. Loss: 129m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
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GPX info source: Drawn on map

East of Te Matawai Hut the track is well marked and cut through mature beech forest. Dropping on a narrowing ridge the track reaches a saddle after about 1km. A brief climb follows to pt180, where a signpost marks the turnoff to Sth Ohau Hut via Yeates Track.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-21 23:27:33. Experienced: 2012-12-21

From Yeates/Dora track Jn to Richards Knob via Dora Track
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Distance: 1.8 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 672m to 976m. Gain: 304m. Loss: 123m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
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GPX info source: Drawn on map

From pt810, the track drops sharply west to a low bush-clad saddle. The next 1.5km are spent climbing over a series of small knobs towards Richards Knob on an undulating ridgeline. You finally break out of good bush into scrub 200 meters before reaching the summit. A signpost marks the track junction on the highpoint.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2012-12-22

Distance: 1.7 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 885m to 1077m. Gain: 237m. Loss: 131m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Two saddles separate Richards Knob from Waiopehu. A well cut track through the leatherleaf descends 100m to the first before a long climb to the memorial at Twin Peak. A second, sharper descent follows, before another climb to Waiopehu summit. The whole route is cut - a canyon through the leatherleaf.

An unmarked junction exists on Waiopehu, with an unmarked route running south along the Oriwa Range, and the cut track descending north to Waiopehu Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2005-07-01

Distance: 0.4 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 973m to 1087m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 114m . Gradient: 16 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A short steady descent on a broad cut track takes you to Waiopehu Hut the summit.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2005-07-01

From Waiopehu Hut to Bush Corner via Waiopehu Track
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Distance: 1.5 km (0.8 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 740m to 962m. Gain: 35m. Loss: 243m . Gradient: 10 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Waiopehu Hut, the track heads north for some 300m through low scrub before dropping into the bush, where it remains for the rest of the trip. After 1km, a low knob is crossed with the former site of Waiopehu Hut just before the summit, and a clearing marking the old helipad on the top.

North of pt790 the track descends, crosses a small addle and climbs slightly to Bush Corner. A large but faded orange blob on a tree and a length of flagging tape mark the start of the spur running west, and the route down it into the upper Makaretu.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-02

From Bush Corner to Waiopehu / Six Disk junction via Waiopehu Track
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Distance: 4.3 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 480m to 743m. Gain: 31m. Loss: 294m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
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GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Bush Corner, the Waiopehu track continues north, dropping slowly over an endless series of low knobs and saddles. No section of track is steep and the only inconvenience is mud, which can get bad after extended periods of rain, especially at times of year when the track sees heavy use.

The 6 Disk Track junction is reached after 4.3km and is marked by a signpost.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-02

Distance: 2.1 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 137m to 480m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 343m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the 6 Disk Track junction the track to the roadend drops north, steadily losing 200m before finding a gently sloping spur to follow north. Keep your eyes on the orange triangle and ignore well-used side tracks marked with dots of dazzle paint, which can confuse.

After 1km of meandering north, the track drops again for a further 100 vertical meters to hit the Ohau River track 100m before the bushedge. The junction is signposted.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-10-02


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