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dmolnar

  • Everything 8
  • Tracks 1
  • Huts 7
Kapakapanui Hut
16 February 20195 days ago
Kapakapanui Hut
Burn Hut
3 February 20193 February
Burn Hut
Track on tops (to the north of the hut) fairly overgrown and in need of a cut.
Mangahao Flats Hut
28 November 201528 November 2015
Mangahao Flats Hut
Relatively slow going. Lots of root climbs and very deep mud!
Route guide: Scotts Road to North Mangahao Biv
10 January 201510 January 2015
Route guide:  Scotts Road to North Mangahao Biv
We just attempted to walk to North Mangahao via Scotts Rd. A couple of comments: 1. The forestry is apparently private land. While walking through we got stopped by a couple of forestry guys who said that the area was currently closed to the public (including the Te Araroa trail) as they were harvesting. He let us continue but said he would get in touch with DoC. Not sure how to find out if access is permitted or not. 2. The track from the top of the forestry to 'the rocks' has recently been cut. Travel down to Miro Stream is good and well marked. 3. We followed the pink ribbon trail from Miro Stream up the spur to the leatherwood. We wanted to find a sidle track to NM Biv on the northern side of the ridge at approx 580-620m, but it was extremely dense horopito/lawyer/corprosma forest with the odd totara - not advised! We eventually got to where the biv is located but couldn't find it. There were quite a few taped tracks but all ended up in a dead end. We searched for about an hour but decided to head to Punga Hut as the area was pretty rough for camping. 4. In order to attemp to miss out the dense scrub we followed a blue ribbon trail (which also ended in dead end) to approx. 500-550m and sidled back to the west at this elevation. No signs of any tracks, routes or trails at all, and it was equally as scrubby as higher. Again, not recommended! 5. Not sure where the 'super highway' is, but we definitely didn't see any sign of it. All in all we had a 9 hour day, most of which was spent crawling on our knees through that damn scrub. Next time i think we will try the route as described in the original post, unless we can work out who to contact to acess the private land on the eastern side.
Waitewaewae Hut
2 June 20142 June 2014
Waitewaewae Hut
4 hours walk out to Otaki forks in the dark. Pretty muddy down the creek from the plateau.
Island Forks Hut
2 June 20142 June 2014
Island Forks Hut
Went in from Waitohu Rd end. We went up the Mick track which took about 2.5 hours to get to the summit of Mick. From Mick the ridge heads east-south-east through the scrub belt. The track is VERY slow. Took us about 2 hours to travel 1km. There is a cut track but the scrub is unrelenting. We tried head down the north-east heading spur past Pts. 872 and 620 however it was very difficult to judge where to turn off. We ended up heading northwards down into the western Waitewaewae and camped on a ledge above one of the tributaries. Took us about 8 hours. The track on the main ridge (before heading down) was ok after the scrub, a little overgrown. Not too sure where it goes, maybe southwards down to Arapito Creek. The next morning we followed the tributaries right down to the western Waitewaewae and followed it down to the eastern Waitewaewae confluence and found the hut. There was still a frost at 11:30am and was near freezing in the hut. I doubt it recieves much sun in winter. It took us approximately 2.5 hours to walk down to Waitewaewae Hut from the Biv. It's pretty straightfoward, however would be difficult if the river was up.
Arete Forks Hut
1 January 20071 January 2007
Arete Forks Hut
Dorset Ridge Hut
1 January 20051 January 2005
Dorset Ridge Hut