Ok, so did this Friday 5th April while traversing from Maurihoro Stream Farm Style to Franklin Road. It is a 'bit of fun' if you like punishing yourself.
Beta for the walk from Puketutu Hut along Te Henga Ridge to Kauritatahi Hut:
Puketutu Hut -> Kauritatahi Hut
3h 50m walking time
2h 30m lost time
6h 20m total time
I left Puketutu 0800h went by Kauritatahi at 1420h and arrived Motutapere Hut at 1730h
The front of my legs got (utterly) trashed to pieces in the scrub, worse than ever before, period, they were (and are still) very bloody messes.
There is a mostly fairly decently defined route, even some track left in the more mature forested sections, but it is getting a tad overgrown. It was cloudy, wet, no wind, no view of the sun, or to the East / West so when my compass got dragged off my body crawling through the dead fall/windblown about 60-70 mins in I suddenly had difficulty deciding exactly which way to head... for 2h 30m didn't find a track marker, finally the cloud lifted, realised I had been (as was strongly suspected) crawling/walking in circles & figure eights & had not actually gone anywhere (lost compass just after the Red Marker that is on top of the Rail Line about an hour in crawling commando style - which you have to do in places).
Jason from Kaimai Ridgeway had just been through 1-2 months earlier and had done a fair bit of slashing... that was really really helpful, there is also some electrical tape to assist... basically the track/route does not do anything too stupid, so you just keep going, and plenty of the permalits are still there, though admittedly plenty are now gone too haha.
It was not that boggy... a wee bit towards the Northern end, but not too bad on the scale of boggy things... worst thing is the epically gnarly scrub & the places where you fall into the invisible deep narrow trenches of the actual track (leg snapping material).
1. Possibly consider wearing trousers of some sort
2. Use heavy tall canvas gaiters not low lite weight jobbies
3. Be prepared to navigate a little, especially if you have no GPS or view etc to orientate yourself