Tararua Forest Park

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 Middle loop
Tararua Middle loop
Track 3 – 5 days. Medium. Loop track.
A 4-5 day loop from Otaki Forks following the main ridge of the Tararuas
Mt Kapakapanui
Mt Kapakapanui
Track 1 – 2 days. Medium. Loop track.
A smaller peak (1102m) in the Tararua Ranges.
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.
A Total Tararua Traverse
Track 8 – 16 days. Medium. One way.
The length of the Tararuas via the pointy bits, from the Manawatu Gorge at Woodville to the Rimutaka Hill Road summit. A true watershed traverse would head from Punga Hut over Ngawhakarara to t...

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.