Walking the length of NZ's main divide

  • 150 – 300 days one way
  • Hard

A guide to / summary of my progress on one possible route from East Cape to West Cape, the length of NZ's main divide.

(work in progress)

East Cape lighthouse • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Walking time
150 – 300 days
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Hard
Where do I start - this trip has everything! Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
East Cape
()
Ends
West Cape
Maps
NZTopo50-BD45
NZTopo50-BQ32
NZTopo50-CF04
NZTopo50-BQ29
Altitude
Sea level – 2,190m
Altitude change 2,190m

This track provides links to those bits of this route that have been written up.

 

North Island

East Cape to Motu Road - (Raukumaras)

Route guide: Raukumara East-West Traverse

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/13

 

Motu Road to SH2 (Waioeka) - (Urutawas)

Route guide: Urutawa Crossing: Motu Road to Waioeka Gorge

 

SH2 (Waioeka) to SH38 (Waikaremoana Summit) - (Waioeka / Urewera)
Route guide: A Waioeka - Urewera crossing: Redpaths Road to SH38

 

SH38 (Waikaremoana Summit) to SH5 (Rangataiki) - Whirinaki
Route guide: A Whirinaki crossing - Waikaremoana Road Summit to Rangitaiki Tavern

 

SH5 (Rangataiki) to Napier-Taihape Rd at Kurikapango - (Kaimanawa / Kawekas)
Route guide: The Kaweka Main Range - a NS traverse

 

Kurikapango to SH3 (Woodville ) - (Ruahines)
Route guide (N-S):

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/910

Trip report (S-N):

Walking the length of the Ruahines

 

Woodville to Rimutaka Hill Rd summit (SH2) - Tararuas

Route guide: A Total Tararua Traverse

 

Rimutaka Hill Rd summit (SH2) - Wellington - (Rimutakas)
http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/15

And optionally - Haurangis

Route guide (south->north) Haurangi North-South Tarck

 

 

South Island

Picton to Okaramio (SH6) - Richmond Ranges (east)

Route Guide:  Route Guide: Richmond Ranges (east)

 

Okamario to St Arnaud - Richmond Ranges (west)

Route Guide: Route Guide: Richmond Ranges (west) main ridge

 

St Arnaud to Lewis Pass (Nelson Lakes)

Route Guide: Route Guide: St Arnaud to Lewis Pass

 

Lewis Pass to Otira

Route guides:

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/911

Harper Pass: Harper Pass - Kiwi Saddle

 

Otira to Mt Cook Village:

Route Guide:

Part 1 - Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)

Part 2 - Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 2)

Trip reports (parts of trip):

Crossing the Clyde and Havelock - brushes with the Canterbury Death

 

Mt Cook Village to Makarora:

Route Guide: 

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/906

 

Makaroroa to Aspiring Roadend

Route Guide:

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/907

 

Aspiring roadend to Glenorchy / Paradise:

Trip report:

Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled

Route guides:

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/876

 

Glenorchy to The Divide:

Trip report:

Not The Routeburn

Route guide:

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/892

 

The west side of Lake Te Anau from The Divide to the Doubtful Sound road

 

Milford Road summit (The Divide) to The Glaisnock:

Route guide: http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/40

 

Remainder: to be walked, but provisional guides here:

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/842

http://routeguides.co.nz/trips/844

 

Doubtful Sound road to West Cape

Much of this isn't even in Moir's.  The accepted route seems to be follow the Dusky Track to Lake Roe Hut. Then the route in Moir's to the Dark Cloud Range, then ... figure it out for yourself from there.

 

 

 

 

Map
ID 10244

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Added 4 June 2014 by madpommadpom. 15 revisions, most recently 26 February 2018 by madpommadpom.
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