Mt Turiwhate track

  • 1 day
  • Return by the same track
  • Medium

A route from SH73 at Grahams Creek, Turiwhate up to the tussock tops from where you can continue to the Turiwhate trig beacon or other high points on the Turiwhate Range. Great views are to be had from the crest of the range. It sits between the Taramakau and Arahura Rivers northwest of the Griffin Range.

Wild goats are often seen when walking this track.

Mt Turiwhate track map • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Time
8 hr – 9 hr
Allow
1 day
Distance
8.5km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Medium
The first 500m involves following the creek up. There is a taped route in the scrub beside the creek but there are several crossings & some boulder hopping. From where the track leaves the creek you are on a typical Westland steep in places tops track. Grades explained
Access
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Starts
Grahams Ck bridge, SH 73, Turiwhate, Westland.
Distance from you: ()
Ends
Highpoint 1373m or the trig beacon on highpoint 1368m if you don't wish to continue to the highest point. Some people may only want to go as far as the main ridge which commands excellent views.
Other
Altitude
97m – 1,373m
Altitude change 1,276m
Maps
NZTopo50-BU19
Mt Turiwhate from the Griffin Range • By glennj. Licence: C.

Allow a full day for the return trip by the route described. Even though the return trip is only about 8.5km in map distance & the route is ok it is quite time consuming because of the steepish climbs, ups and downs & total altitude gain involved.

The first 500m is beside or in the creek. An unsignposted cut and taped route starts inside the scrub edge on the TR of the Grahams Creek bridge. After a few hundred metres the track starts following an alkathene water line & heads on to the creek bed. Continue upstream in the creek bed  above the water intake until  reaching a sign post marking where the track to the tops leaves the creek bed.

Follow the track from the sign up into the bush on the TL of the creek. There is now a mix of old & new permolat  as well as tape all the way to the tussock. (An often steep couple of km) In this section bait pot lines for poisoning possums are sometimes beside/on the track. Be careful not to follow the "bait pot lines" where they diverge from the track. Above the scrub zone there are two wooden stakes with permolat on them marking strategic turnoffs to make when descending to the start of the cut track.

Once in the tussock and rock zone continue climbing until you crest the main ridge at about 1120m. From here head SE along the ridge towards points 1368m and 1373m. There are ups and downs and a couple of places where it is easier to sidle rather than stay on the ridge crest  but all in all it is mainly a walk with just a little scrambling.

 

 

Map 
ID 9115

About this track

Added 5 April 2014 by glennjglennj. 3 revisions, most recently 31 July 2015 by glennjglennj.
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