Table Ridge

  • 4 hr – 5 hr 30 min one way
  • Medium

Located in the upper Waingawa valley - Tararua Forest Park. Route over the Table Ridge tops between Cow creek and Arete Forks. From the ridge top Table Ridge can be easily traversed to Brockett and then over Mitre of west to Tarn Ridge Hut over Girdlestone. The photo shows the route down from Table Top to Arete Forks hut.

Table Ridge from Waiohine Pinnacles Spur • By TararuaHunter. Licence: C.
Table Ridge: Key information
Walking time
1 day
4 hr – 5 hr 30 min
One way
One way
Steady climb from Cow creek or Arete Forks to the top of Table Top Grades explained
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Table Ridge: Find it
Cow Creek Hut
Arete Forks Hut
500m – 1,478m
Altitude change 978m

The route is an alternative to using the Arete Gorge Sidle track between Cow Creek hut and Arete Forks hut.

Climb  the spur leading up to Table Top that the Arete sidle track follows until it begins sidling upriver. (about 30 - 45 minutes climb) A well marked track follows the ridge to the bush line. Climb the tussock spur to the ridge top and then along to Table Top. (This can take 3-4 hours steady walk from Cow Creek) There is a small saddle on the way. At the Table Top Summit there is a cairn. The spur down to Arete Forks leads northwards  down a long open spur to the bush line. A few cairns on the way. Inside the bush edge, the route is marked down to Arete Forks. Follow the white permolat markers  down to where it joins the Arete Gorge Sidle track up from Cow Creek. The hut is a further 5 minutes on a well marked track down to a bush terrace at the junction of the Waingawa and Arete Stream.


ID 13509

About this track

Added 15 November 2014 by TararuaHunterTararuaHunter. 2 revisions, most recently 15 November 2014 by TararuaHunterTararuaHunter.
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