A Total Tararua Traverse

Southern Crossing of the Tararuas
Southern Crossing of the Tararuas
Track 3 – 4 days. Medium. One way.
A classic, must-do walk that climbs through bush onto exposed, high tussock tops, traversing them back into bush at Alpha Hut.
Tararua main ridge
Tararua main ridge
Track 4 – 8 days. Medium. One way.
The length of the tracked Tararuas along the main ridge from Mangahao (behind Shannon) to Kaitoke. For a 'Total Tararua Traverse from Woodville to the Rimutaka Hill Rd summit, see the separate a...
Northern Tararua Tracks
Track 1 day. Medium. Loop track.
A number of little known tracks and routes in the northern Tararuas in the area between North Mangahao Biv - Punga Hut and the South Range Road.

Track grades

Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.