Monument Track from Head of Kaituna Valley

  • 1 hr – 2 hr 30 min return by the same track
  • Easy

A 6 km long section of track climbing 460 m in altitude to meet the network of tracks running from Purau Saddle, Mt Herbert and Port Levy Saddle. The Monument Track itself carries on to Purau Saddle and the eponymous hut.

Monument Track • By JETNZ. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
1 hr – 2 hr 30 min
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
The very end of Kaituna Valley
Purau Saddle but this section described ends on the ridgeline between Mt Herbert and Port Levy Saddle
220m – 680m
Altitude change 460m

Monument Track from Head of Kaituna


To get onto this track, you have to walk through what looks like someone’s yard. This section is shared by a few properties so it’s not as intrusive as it appears. It is a paper road. The route is marked with the occasional yellow topped waratah with some topped with red standards up where the track hits the ridge after a climb of 660 m.


The track goes through a section of native bush with plentiful fuschia. The berries (konini) were ripe when I went through on 21 February. There are some lovely stands of ferns in this section, particularly blechnum fluviatile (kiwa kiwa).


Evenutually directly below Pt 764, the track crosses a little rivulet draining an area of scrub where animals would seldom stray. I chanced it here for a drink of clear cool water. The track does a second zig and heads up to a junction which signals with 3 markers to carry on NNE to the ridgeline.


From here the track sidles around the ridgeline and down towards Monument Hut. You can leave Monument Track to climb up to Mt Herbert to the west. Alternatively you can follow the summit track south-east to Port Levy Saddle.

ID 14619

About this track

Added 22 February 2015 by HonoraHonora. No revisions.
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