Back Ridge Bivouac

Kaweka Forest Park

Back ridge Biv (sleeps 2-3, stream water) is a typical North-Island bivouac, with 2 matresses on the floor, and space for 3. For a biv, it is well equiped with pans, etc. There is no fireplace, but outside is a fire circle, with a grate and a windbreak. The hut is on the bushline and an axe is provided.

Back ridge biv is one of the furthest from the road in the Kawekas, and as such receives few visitors and low hunting pressure. Grassy clearings cover the back-ridge tops and are dotted across the east face, whilst dry scrub and scree dominates the west face. North of the biv, the bush is almost exclusively mature beech, whilst south is predominantly manuka.

Tales of woe in the hut book talk of attempts at the 'direct route' from Studholme via the creek - apparently it is not recommended. The track along the ridge from Kiwi Mouth and to Kaweka Peak via Back Ridge Hut is good going, however. A track also drops to Rocks Ahead Hut from the peak above the biv.

Ruapehu from the Kawekas • By madpom.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 3
3
Facilities
Toilet
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
The Lakes roadend: 17km (6-12 hours) track/route via Kaweka and The Tits

Kuripapango / The Lakes: 19km (7-14 hours) track via Kiwi Mouth / Kiwi Saddle

Rocks Ahead Hut: 4km (time unknown) track

Kiwi Mouth Hut: 8km (2.5-5 hours) track and poled route

Back Ridge Hut: 3.5km (1.5-2.5 hours) track

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,340m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BJ37
Map
ID 1704

About this hut

Added 25 January 2007 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 25 January 2007 by madpommadpom.
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