Havelock River to MacAuley River

route taken from Growler Hut, Havelock River to MacAuley Hut, Macauley River via Growler Creek, Balaclava Col, Plata Col & Toms Stream. The route is fairly straight forward following The Growler up to Balaclava apart from a small waterfall near NZDG49 260-GR264400 which was skirted up around on the true left of the main creek (there were obvious track signs and some blue tape in places on the sidle). At Balaclava Saddle descend the screes and travel West below bluffs, the sidle takes you below Plata Col proper and through a fairly obvious low saddle at the head of Toms Creek. Then sidled SW for about 1km staying quite high and over a low point in the ridge before descending down a side creek and joining Toms Creek below the fairly obvious gorge in Toms Creek. It may be possible to descend directly into the head of Toms Creek and descend the gorge but it didn't look that friendly from above. It's easy travel down Toms Creek from there to the Macauley River

Contains data sourced from Land Information New Zealand and Landcare Research under CC-By.
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
25-JAN-10
Elevation range 697m – 2,055m Total ascent 1,556m
Recorded distance 16.7km Total descent 1,222m
Points 241 Average grade 17%
Start -43.510902, 170.738761697m
End -43.580682, 170.6032781,031m
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