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North Kaweka trig, mid Winter

The Kaweka Main Range - a NS traverse

The Kaweka Main Range - a NS traverse

A Kaimanawa-Kaweka traverse from Rangataiki to the Gentle Annie (Napier-Taihape) summit. 5-10 days of good track-tramping through the beech & manuka ...   More ▶︎
High Summer

High Summer

Ahhh Newzealand ever changeable hot one day freezing hours later.   More ▶︎
First snow of 2014 - Kaweka tops

First snow of 2014 - Kaweka tops

A spectacular autumn day up top, with remnants of snowfall still hanging around from earlier in the week. Not a ...   More ▶︎
Circumnavigating the Kiwi

Circumnavigating the Kiwi

A 4-5 day trip in the Kaweka Forest Park   More ▶︎
Dominie Biv

Dominie Biv

A two bunk Biv very tidy and warm, welcome when Kaweka turns Nasty as so many can attest. Every body ...   More ▶︎
Dominie Biv

Dominie Biv

A two bunk Saviour to many on the side of Kaweka everybody seems to have a storey about being caught ...   More ▶︎
Eastern Kawekas from Kaweka Summit

Eastern Kawekas from Kaweka Summit

A view east from Kaweka J over the fractured plateau of the Eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Kaweka J summit

Kaweka J summit

Looking north toward the memorial cairn from the summit marker pole. An eerily calm day with the sun trying hard ...   More ▶︎
Memorial at the top of Kaweka J

Memorial at the top of Kaweka J

This war memorial is on a large rock cairn right at the summit of Kaweka J   More ▶︎
Kaweka J Summit

Kaweka J Summit

Looking west towards the Kaimanawas and Ruapehu from Kaweka J   More ▶︎
Ruapehu From Kaweka

Ruapehu From Kaweka

A two day window in the weather provided one of those days on the tops that we all dream about ...   More ▶︎
An eastern Kaweka circuit: never trust the weatherman

An eastern Kaweka circuit: never trust the weatherman

or 'it cost me the same as a trip to Fiji, but it was much more fun'. A good weather variant ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka above the clouds

Kaweka above the clouds

A two day window in the weather provided the perfect opportunity for tops travel   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut Loop

Ballard Hut Loop

A two day walk including open tops and Beach forest to visit a pleasant hut in the Kaweka forest park.   More ▶︎
Karearea - North Ridge, Kaweka FP

Karearea - North Ridge, Kaweka FP

One of two sighted on a recent Kaweka J traverse, this one allowed me to get remarkably close before launching ...   More ▶︎
Dawn over the Central Plateau

Dawn over the Central Plateau

Taken from Back Ridge, Kaweka FP.   More ▶︎
Dominie Biv mid Winter

Dominie Biv mid Winter

Just 45 minutes to an hour up from Makahu Saddle, Dominie sits in a sheltered bowl overlooking Hawkes Bay. Trials ...   More ▶︎
Makahu saddle hut

Makahu saddle hut

6 bunk hut 2 mins from makahu saddle carpark the perfect jumping off point for a late arrival friday night ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

In a deep valley at the back of the Kaweka Range. This is a charming spot after dropping from the ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

Given a quick refurb by DOC early May 2014 (including moving the long drop). Looking good!   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

A forestry hut (4 bunks, stove, firewood available, stream water) on the valley floor 5 minutes off the main Back ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut in the Kawekas, with Kaweka J in the cloud behind.   More ▶︎
Circumnavigating the Kiwi

Circumnavigating the Kiwi

About a 4 day trip in the Kaweka Forest Park. I called it this because the route travels around the ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats biv

Kaweka Flats biv

A two bunk Biv on a pleasant open space 1.5 hours from Makahu Saddle carpark   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv

A two bunk biv about 1.5hrs from Makahu Saddle Carpark   More ▶︎
Kaweka Forest Park

Kaweka Forest Park

A popular park in Hawke's Bay.   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv - a 2 person dog-box bivvy with plenty of space for camping outside.   More ▶︎
Camp Ridge - descent to Middle Hill, Kawekas

Camp Ridge - descent to Middle Hill, Kawekas

The descent to Middle Hill from the Kaweka Range, down Camp Ridge   More ▶︎
Ridge from Whetu towards Ballard hut turnoff

Ridge from Whetu towards Ballard hut turnoff

typical Kaweka ridge tops pretty Barren   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats - Manuka tunnel

Kaweka Flats - Manuka tunnel

Great tracks tunneled through manuka scrub in the eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Biv

Studholme Saddle Biv

... well the dunny, at least!   More ▶︎
Donald River, Kaweka FP

Donald River, Kaweka FP

One of the nicest short walks in the Kawekas - Makahu Saddle to Kaweka Flats biv. Established beech forest gives ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

An ex NZFS 4 bunker tucked away in a small patch of beech at 1320m. Worth a wander to the ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

Standard 4 bunk hut in the Kaweka Ranges. Nice and cosy once we got a small fire going, although most ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka clay pan landscape

Kaweka clay pan landscape

Kaweka clay pan landscape on the ascent from the north branch of the Makahu to Kaweka Flats Biv   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut

Ballard Hut

4 Bunk hut Kaweka forrest park at the northern end of the Kaweka range About 30 minutes down from Whetu ...   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut

Ballard Hut

A 4 bunk hut at the northern end of the Kaweka range. Visit as part of an east west crossing ...   More ▶︎
Iron Whare from Whittle Rd

Iron Whare from Whittle Rd

An alternative access to Iron Whare Hut. A marked and roughly cut route runs from the reservoir ('fire dam' on older ...   More ▶︎
Iron Whare

Iron Whare

Iron Whare - a restored 1870s historic slab hut in the eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Iron Whare

Iron Whare

An 1870s slab hut in the eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Iron Whare

Iron Whare

Iron Whare is a 2-bunk historic hut cut into the hillside where the plateau narrows to a ridge below Kaweka ...   More ▶︎
Cairn at turnoff to ballard hut

Cairn at turnoff to ballard hut

Big as it is its enough off the track line to miss in bad conditions   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut (sleeps 6, river water, wood burning stove) is a comfortable, sheltered, riverside hut in a small area ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut. Kaweka Ranges   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle, Kaweka FP, 5AM

Studholme Saddle, Kaweka FP, 5AM

...a couple of hundred metres from the saddle to be precise. Just after dawn on another classic Hawkes Bay day. ...   More ▶︎
Route out from Studholme Saddle biv

Route out from Studholme Saddle biv

Can be a little tricky to spot so thought I'd post this - cross the stream immediately behind the toilet, ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Biv, Kaweka FP

Studholme Saddle Biv, Kaweka FP

Cosy wee biv in a warm, sheltered spot just 15 (steep) minutes down from the saddle. Beware the two starlings ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Biv

Studholme Saddle Biv

Studholme Saddle Bivouac is a wee dog-box bivvy in a clump of beech at the forks of the Kiwi Creek, ...   More ▶︎
Studholm Saddle Bivy from Above

Studholm Saddle Bivy from Above

We didn't visit this bivy but it was clearly visible from the ridge above.   More ▶︎
Whittle Rd to Iron Whare

Whittle Rd to Iron Whare

Reservoir on Whittle Rd to Iron Whare Hut. A roughly cut track providing an alternative access to this historic hut. ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka Range from Whittle Rd

Kaweka Range from Whittle Rd

Kaweka Range from Whittle Rd   More ▶︎

Madpom's Kaimanawa-Kaweka NS traverse

A north-south trip down the main range through the Kaimanawas and Kawekas. See the associated route guide (track) for details This GPX ...   More ▶︎

Kaweka Main Ridge - NS Traverse

A north-south trip down the main divide through the Kaimanawas and Kawekas. The east-west watershed actually runs through private land to ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Bivouac

Back Ridge Bivouac

Back ridge Biv (sleeps 2-3, stream water) is a typical North-Island bivouac, with 2 matresses on the floor, and space ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Biv

Back Ridge Biv

Back Ridge Bivouac in the Kawekas. Does the hi-viz camo work?   More ▶︎
Kaweka Ranges

Kaweka Ranges

Looking at the Main Kaweka range from the south. The high point in the middle is Mad Dog Hill with ...   More ▶︎
Wilding Pines in the eastern Kawekas

Wilding Pines in the eastern Kawekas

Pines on Black Birch Ridge   More ▶︎
Castle Camp Shelter

Castle Camp Shelter

Castle Camp Shelter (tank water) must be the only greenhouse dedicated as a backcountry shelter. It is made of PVC ...   More ▶︎
Castle Camp

Castle Camp

The only thing of interest here to trampers is the two large water tanks. This site is used by DOC ...   More ▶︎
Middle Hill Hut

Middle Hill Hut

Classic Kaweka 6-bunker in pleasant clearing. Easy 3 hrs up from road. Provides good access up to the northern aspects ...   More ▶︎
6 years old and hooked already

6 years old and hooked already

First overnighter for the 6 year old (Middle Hill Hut, Kaweka FP). Knocked the walk in from Makahu Road off ...   More ▶︎
Middle Hill Hut

Middle Hill Hut

Located in the north eastern Kaweka Forest Park, Middle Hill Hut is situated in a flat, sheltered site where the ...   More ▶︎
Frosty start at Middle Hill Hut

Frosty start at Middle Hill Hut

-1 start to the day, hit 26 degrees that afternoon.   More ▶︎
Black Birch Biv (Kaweka)

Black Birch Biv (Kaweka)

Black Birch biv   More ▶︎
Black Birch Bivouac (Kawekas)

Black Birch Bivouac (Kawekas)

Black Birch Biv in the eastern Kawekas. A little-used dog-box biv on a 1000m range sitting across the Donald River ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge

Back Ridge

Back Ridge from near Back Ridge Biv   More ▶︎
Ruapehu from the Kawekas

Ruapehu from the Kawekas

Ruapehu from the Kawekas, Back Ridge   More ▶︎
Mackintosh Plateau

Mackintosh Plateau

Mackintosh Plateau west of the hut   More ▶︎
The Tits, Kaweka FP

The Tits, Kaweka FP

First in an occasional series of Amusingly Named Topographical Features   More ▶︎

Venison Tops Hut

Venison Tops Hut or Tira Lodge   More ▶︎
Mackintosh hut

Mackintosh hut

6 bunk hut. Visit as part of a loop from Markahu Saddle, Mackintosh Spur, Studholme Saddle Hut and Kaweka J. ...   More ▶︎
Mackintosh Hut

Mackintosh Hut

A cozy hut at the foot of the Kaweka Range. Only 2 hrs from Lawrence roadend, and less from The ...   More ▶︎
Inside Mackintosh Hut

Inside Mackintosh Hut

A cozy and well designed 8-bunk hut at the foot of the Kaweka Range   More ▶︎
Makino River

Makino River

3-wire bridge at the bottom of the very steep climb to/from Mangaturutu Hut. Good camping spots on the TR - ...   More ▶︎
Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu Hut

space for a few tents around the hut, and a poly tank to replace the previous metal one - Apr ...   More ▶︎
Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu hut. taken 03-Jan-2007   More ▶︎
Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu hut in Kaweka Forest Park.   More ▶︎
Rocks Ahead Hut

Rocks Ahead Hut

Rocks Ahead Hut. A standard 4-bunk forestry hut on the Ngaruroro river. Steep tracks climb 600-700m onto 3 surrounding ranges ...   More ▶︎
Rocks Ahead Hut

Rocks Ahead Hut

3rd hut up river from Kuripapango. 4 comfortable bunks. Awesome view up river from the bench seat just outside. About ...   More ▶︎

Rocks Ahead Biv

Rocks Ahead Biv   More ▶︎
Omarukokere Biv

Omarukokere Biv

Omarukokere biv. A 2-mattress-on-the-floor dogbox with what looks like an old 4-bunk hut tacked on the front as a 3-walled ...   More ▶︎
Omarukokere Biv

Omarukokere Biv

Omarukokere Biv Kaweka Forest Park   More ▶︎
Omarukokere Biv

Omarukokere Biv

Omarukokere Biv Kaweka Forest Park   More ▶︎
Kiwi Sadddle Hut

Kiwi Sadddle Hut

8 bunk hut in the kaweka forest park   More ▶︎
Kiwi Saddle Hut

Kiwi Saddle Hut

Northern approach shortly after dropping off tops   More ▶︎
Kaweka

Kaweka

Kawekas, walking along ridge from Kiwi Saddle back to Lakes carpark April 2003   More ▶︎
Kaweka Ranges

Kaweka Ranges

Kaweka Ranges, Kiwi Saddle Hut April 2003   More ▶︎
Kaweka

Kaweka

Kaweka Ranges. Looking over to Ruapehu April 2003   More ▶︎
Robsons Lodge

Robsons Lodge

Beautiful Kuripaponga, Robsons Lodge March 2010   More ▶︎
Kiwi Saddle Hut (Kaweka Range)

Kiwi Saddle Hut (Kaweka Range)

Kiwi Saddle Hut is located on the ridge 3km west of Kuripapango and some 700m above the Ngaruroro river. The ...   More ▶︎
Kiwi Saddle Hut

Kiwi Saddle Hut

Kiwi Saddle Hut (Kaweka range)   More ▶︎

Manson Biv

NZFS biv built 1966, just inside the bushline on a hill in the Manson Country, Kaweka Forest.   More ▶︎
The antlers are no more!

The antlers are no more!

Makino hut after recent tidy-up.   More ▶︎
Makino Hut

Makino Hut

Standard Kaweka Orange 6-bunker in clearing. Dig the deer antlers on the rooftop.   More ▶︎
Makino Hut

Makino Hut

Makino Hut (sleeps 6, stove, firewood available, tank water) sits above the deep Makino and Mohaka valleys. The hut lies ...   More ▶︎
Makino Hut

Makino Hut

6 Bunk hut in the kaweka forest park. Small tidy warm, fire and water very pleasant   More ▶︎
Makino Bivouac

Makino Bivouac

The Makino Bivouac is very basic, consisting of a waist height A-frame of corrigated iron on the forest floor. No ...   More ▶︎
Makino Bivouac

Makino Bivouac

Basic shelter, no water. Was dry inside but with no door and "ventilated" construction it could be a bit cool ...   More ▶︎
Makino River

Makino River

entering the gorge - looking upstream - Apr 2016   More ▶︎
Kawekas in spring!

Kawekas in spring!

The Cameron Hut / Kuripapango - Kiwi Saddle junction in late November 2006   More ▶︎