Mount Herbert: Kaituna Valley approach

  • 6 hr return by the same track
  • Easy/medium

A gentle climb to an historic hut, and onward to Mount Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki (919m).

Sign of the Packhorse • By matthew.
Mount Herbert: Kaituna Valley approach: Key information
Walking time
1 day
6 hr
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mount Herbert: Kaituna Valley approach: Find it
Parkinsons Road, Kaituna Valley
50m – 920m
Altitude change 870m

Note: this track is closed for lambing August to October.

Sign of the Packhorse • By matthew.

From the bend in Parkinson's Road, a poled trail leads along a four-wheel drive track over farmland and through regenerating scrub. The track soon crosses a little creek and climbs the hillside to Packhorse Hut on the saddle. This section is described in detail elsewhere.

From the hut, follow the poled route around the southern face of Mount Bradley. The track passes through a welcome patch of forest before climbing over tussock to a high sidle just under the bluffs near the top of the mountain.

Packhorse Hut • Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 9.Bookings required.

A rocky track leads under the bluffs to the southern face of Bradley's eastern spur, and wanders through gorse. Gaiters are a good idea here. The track soon crosses a fenceline and meets the track up from Orton Bradley Park. The Mount Herbert Shelter is another 10 minutes along, with the summit 15 minutes further.

Mount Herbert Shelter • Shelter (DOC).

Walking times

  • Kaituna Valley to Sign of the Packhorse: 1 hour
  • Hut to bluffs: 1 hour
  • Bluffs to Mount Herbert Shelter: 45 minutes
  • Shelter to summit: 15 minutes
ID 3485

About this track

Added 16 February 2009 by matthewmatthew. 4 revisions, most recently 19 May 2014 by matthewmatthew.
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