Length: from 5.0 up to 7.0 days
Distance: 63.5 km (28.5 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 450m to 1866m. Gain: 4535m. Loss: 3096m . Gradient: 7 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)

Plan for 17-23rd March 204


From D'Urville Hut to D'Urville / Tiraumea Jn via D'Urville Track
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Distance: 2.2 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 456m to 488m. Gain: 35m. Loss: 6m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

30min+. From D’Urville Hut, head south for 2km upriver along the D’Urville Track. A signposted track junction marks the turnoff to Tiraumea. Note: this section of valley floor can flood after rain.

Created by: Madpom on 2016-04-30. Experienced: 2016-04-08

From D'Urville / Tiraumea Jn to George Lyon (formerly Ella) Hut via D'Urville Valley part 2
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Distance: 18.3 km (6.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 457m to 664m. Gain: 605m. Loss: 398m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

The D'Urville Valley is reasonably easy travel. From the D'Urville hut the track passes through very long grass, which on a wet morning will get you very wet. There is little elevation gain to the George Lyon Hut, making it a reasonably easy valley walk on a marked track. The track is boggy in places, and the D'Urville River and some side streams had changed course recently after heavy rain, necessitating some crossings we did not expect. On the whole travel was fast, alternating between track in beech and scrub, and in the open. Even over the Christmas-New Year period this valley was no where near as busy as the Sabine Valley, where at the West Sabine hut we even had difficulty finding a suitable campsite.

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2023-03-24 22:44:21. Experienced: 2021-12-29

NZTM2000: 1569355, 5352094

Standard Hut

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

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

From D'Urville River / Moss Pass Swing bridge to Blue Lake Hut via Moss Pass and Rotomariewhenua / Blue Lake part 2
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Distance: 6.2 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 693m to 1743m. Gain: 1131m. Loss: 650m . Gradient: 17 deg (Steep)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Good travel, there are two very steep sections of 200 m ascent / descent on either side of Moss Pass, in bush on the D'Urville side, and above the bush on the Sabine side. We found that the side stream on the D'Urville side just below the bush line is suitable for drinking water, which would have saved us carrying water from the D'Urville. Most people do this trip in the opposite direction. However, while it is a large ascent from the D'Urville to Moss Pass (about 1,100 m) the view of Blue Lake on descent to the Sabine is magnificent. It is also possible to see Lake Constance on descent.

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2023-03-24 14:56:22. Experienced: 2021-12-30

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

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

From Blue Lake Hut to West Sabine Hut via track
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Distance: 7.8 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 667m to 1220m. Gain: 154m. Loss: 668m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Good travel, there are two very steep sections of 200 m ascent / descent on either side of Moss Pass, in bush on the D'Urville side, and above the bush on the Sabine side. We found that the side stream on the D'Urville side just below the bush line is suitable for drinking water, which would have saved us carrying water from the D'Urville. Most people do this trip in the opposite direction. However, while it is a large ascent from the D'Urville to Moss Pass (about 1,100 m) the view of Blue Lake on descent to the Sabine is magnificent. It is also possible to see Lake Constance on descent.

Descending the Sabine from Blue Lake to West Sabine Hut is steep and quite rough in places, with the track crossing numerous avalanche chutes and side streams, requiring clambering into and out of them at times.

Last updated by: Admin at 2022-05-29 00:59:55. Experienced: 2021-12-30

From West Sabine Hut to Base of spur 1609 via West Sabine hut to Sabine Hut turnoff
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Distance: 6.0 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 558m to 705m. Gain: 113m. Loss: 242m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Diversion point @spur 1609 to go up to Mt Misery??

A lovely walk down the Sabine Valley and across the head of Lake Rotoroa. We found ourselves wading through waist deep water crossing the head of the lake as we neared the D'Urville river, and the track was hard to find in a couple of places. Otherwise good under foot and quite quick travel.

Last updated by: Chrisp70 at 2024-01-20 22:50:23. Experienced: 2021-12-31

From Base of spur 1609 to Sabine Hut turnoff via Sabine Valley part 2
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Distance: 7.1 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 500m to 602m. Gain: 182m. Loss: 246m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

A lovely walk down the Sabine Valley and across the head of Lake Rotoroa. We found ourselves wading through waist deep water crossing the head of the lake as we neared the D'Urville river, and the track was hard to find in a couple of places. Otherwise good under foot and quite quick travel.

Last updated by: Chrisp70 at 2024-01-20 22:50:36. Experienced: 2021-12-31

From Sabine Hut to Sabine Hut turnoff via Sabine River part 1
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Distance: 2.2 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 450m to 513m. Gain: 74m. Loss: 46m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Being part of the Travers-Sabine loop, the track is well defined.

Last updated by: Admin at 2022-05-28 19:13:33. Experienced: 2019-01-01


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