Mount Herbert: Kaituna Valley approach

A gentle climb to an historic hut, and onward to Mount Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki (919m).

Note: this track is closed for lambing August to October.

From the bend in Parkinson's Road, a poled trail leads along a four-wheel drive track over farmland and through regenerating scrub. The track soon crosses a little creek and climbs the hillside to Packhorse Hut on the saddle. This section is described in detail elsewhere.

Hut Packhorse Hut
Serviced Hut (DOC) (sleeps 9)
Facilities: Tap or tank water, Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
From the hut, follow the poled route around the southern face of Mount Bradley. The track passes through a welcome patch of forest before climbing over tussock to a high sidle just under the bluffs near the top of the mountain.

Hut Mount Herbert Shelter
Shelter (DOC)
Facilities: Tap or tank water, Toilet
A rocky track leads under the bluffs to the southern face of Bradley's eastern spur, and wanders through gorse. Gaiters are a good idea here. The track soon crosses a fenceline and meets the track up from Orton Bradley Park. The Mount Herbert Shelter is another 10 minutes along, with the summit 15 minutes further.

Walking times

  • Kaituna Valley to Sign of the Packhorse: 1 hour
  • Hut to bluffs: 1 hour
  • Bluffs to Mount Herbert Shelter: 45 minutes
  • Shelter to summit: 15 minutes
Grade Easy/medium
Bookings Not available (first come, first served)
Length 15.0km
Return by the same track
Time 6 hr
1 day
Altitude 50m – 920m
Altitude change 870m
From Parkinsons Road, Kaituna Valley
ID 3485

About this track

Added 16 February 200916 February 2009 by MatthewMatthew. 4 revisions, most recently 19 May 201419 May 2014 by MatthewMatthew.
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