Middle Crossing of the Tararua's

  • 3 – 5 days one way
  • Medium

Climbing through beach Forest, Open tops, steep Descents followed by steep climbs, river valleys, great huts. An alpine experience with all the thrills good and bad weather can provide.

The Tararua Range • By Gaiters. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
3 – 5 days
22 hr – 25 hr
Distance
50.0km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Medium
Allow an extra day in your planning once on the Tararua main range the weather can play a delaying factor Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Mount Holdsworth Road
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Ends
Otaki Forks
Maps
NZTopo50-BP33
NZTopo50-BP34
Altitude
300m – 1,470m
Altitude change 1,170m

Mount Holdsworth Rd carpark via Gentle Annie to Powell Hut 4 hrs and about 1000 mtr climb.

Mid Waiohine Biv • By bigpaul.

Powell Hut to Mid Waiohine hut via Mount Holdsworth and Isabelle 4 hrs and a knee jarring 1 in 2 1000mtr descent.
Mid Waiohine hut to Aokaparangi 3 to 4 hrs and another 1000mtr ascent.
Aokaparangi to Anderson Memorial Hut depending on weather between 2 and 4 hours.
Anderson Memorial to Waitewaewae hut Via junction knob 3 to 4 hours.
Waitewaewae Hut to Otaki Forks (Parawai lodge) 5 to 6 hours

This walk can be done in a Long weekend by the very fit I wondered over it in Five days in a mixture good and very bad weather.

All bush tracks are well marked. Open tops travel requires navigational skills especially in bad weather. The tararua main range can be narrow and steep complicated by high winds and driving rain in zero visibility its not for the faint hearted but if you allow an extra day or so in your thinking there are some nice huts to while away the waiting time for the worst of the weather to pass. Once committed to the main range there are few escape routes

Map
ID 4889

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Added 10 January 2010 by bigpaulbigpaul. 1 revision 10 January 2010 by bigpaulbigpaul.
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