Length: from 1.0 up to 1.0 days
Distance: 21.7 km (12.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 667m to 1868m. Gain: 1750m. Loss: 2182m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Streams (2/6)


Distance: 2.1 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 667m to 707m. Gain: 91m. Loss: 58m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

DOC Track. Easy travel

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2023-03-24 14:56:04. Experienced: 2021-12-30

Distance: 5.3 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 718m to 986m. Gain: 39m. Loss: 302m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

DOC track. Fairly overgrown, but easy to follow the most of the time.

Created by: Bozzy on 2023-03-24. Experienced: 2023-03-08

From Davids/D'Urville forks to Upper D'Urville Hut via D'Urville River
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Distance: 1.4 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 981m to 1085m. Gain: 11m. Loss: 115m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The first track marker is a large Orange triangle on the edge of bush on the TL of the river. It is in a prominent position but set back (and up) from the river).
From this point follow the markers down river to the Hut. Mostly the markers are easy to follow but the track is fairly indistinct.

Created by: Bozzy on 2023-03-24. Experienced: 2023-03-08

Distance: 2.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1094m to 1791m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 697m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend Thompson Pass, following cairns and cutting to the true left to avoid steep ravines to reach the valley floor. Follow the valley on the true-left until you find track markers (orange triangles) climbing into the area of bush just upstream of the gully leading to David’s Saddle (D’Urville hut is 2km downstream at this point )

Some descriptions describe a need to angle south from the pass. However the obvious scree slope straight down works great

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2023-03-24 14:26:38. Experienced: 2022-03-08

From Waiau Valley track junction to Thompson Pass via Lake Thompson
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Distance: 2.7 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1306m to 1791m. Gain: 510m. Loss: 29m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Crossing the river to the TR, we tried to cut the corner but travel was easier closer to the stream.

Crossing back to the TL involved a scramble down and up out of the stream. Then a stiff climb to the gut (and fault line) that runs up to Lake Thompson. We traveled in the gut but travel would also be good on the ridgetop. From Lake Thompson, it's a short climb to Thompson Pass, first on a grassy tongue, then on rock.

Last updated by: Admin at 2022-05-29 00:54:30. Experienced: 2022-04-28

From Waiau Pass to Waiau Valley track junction via poled route
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Distance: 1.6 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Marked route
Altitude: 1300m to 1868m. Gain: 24m. Loss: 590m . Gradient: 23 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

On the map, this route looks steep and risky - in wet or icy weather it would be. However, poled all the way, in good weather this is a simple descent on good, grippy rock.

Last updated by: Admin at 2022-05-28 18:51:36. Experienced: 2022-04-28

From Blue Lake campsite to Waiau Pass via Lake Constance
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Distance: 5.9 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1182m to 1866m. Gain: 1075m. Loss: 391m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

From Blue Lake, the route is poled all the way to Waiau Pass (and on to the valley floor).
Initially gently rising and open, once to the trees the track steepens. A rising track leads to the true left of Lake Constance brings you to a steep scree climb then a traverse to the mid-point of the lake.
Although there have been recorded deaths above the lake, the track is straight forward. However, take care if you choose to approach the top of the bluffs as the fall to the lake is sheer.
The poled route leads to a steep descent in a gut and to the lake shore – then along to the lake head and across the valley floor (good campsites 100m before the start of the climb) and up up up to Waiau Pass.
It’s steep but the initial section on larger rocks is stable. The track moves onto a grass tongue until an obvious footpad angles up, across the scree, towards a grassy shelf. A useful tarn at the base of the final ascent to the pass means less water needs to be hauled up from the valley.

Last updated by: Admin at 2022-05-28 18:52:39. Experienced: 2022-04-28


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