Whitcombe Pass

  • 5 – 7 days one way
  • Medium/hard

This route follows the famous journey by John Henry Whitcombe and the Swiss guide Jakob Lauper across the Main Divide in 1863. Whitcombe and Lauper were not the first across the pass: it was already well used by Maori. Following this crossing, Whitcombe drowned in the Taramakau River on the way up the West Coast.

Whitcombe Pass • By madpom.
Key information
Walking time
5 – 7 days
Distance
63.0km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Medium/hard
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Road end, Double Hill Run Road. Turn onto Blackford Road at Mount Hutt. Call Glenfalloch Station of stop in at the homestead to request access.
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Ends
Side road marked "access to Whitcombe Valley", off Whitcombe Valley Road, Hokitika Gorge. The side road is prone to flooding and has a locked gate part way along.
Maps
NZTopo50-BV18
NZTopo50-BW18
NZTopo50-BW19
Altitude
100m – 1,239m
Altitude change 1,139m
More information
Map
ID 283

About this track

Added 1 June 2001 by MatthewMatthew. 1 revision 3 June 2013 by MatthewMatthew.
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