Tracks

Frew Saddle Bivouac / Frew's Biv

Whitcombe Pass
Whitcombe Pass
Track 5 – 7 days. Medium/hard. One way.
This route follows the famous journey by John Henry Whitcombe and the Swiss guide Jakob Lauper across the Main Divide in 1863. Whitcombe and Lauper were not the first across the pass: it was alread...
Toaroaha Saddle-Frew Saddle Circuit
Toaroaha Saddle-Frew Saddle Circuit
Track 4 – 6 days. Medium. One way.
A great tramp in a remote location, crosses two alpine saddles, ice-axes and crampons needed in winter. More information on the DOC website.
Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)
Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)
Track 12 – 21 days. Hard. One way.
One possible route down the main divide from Otira on the Arthur's Pass road to Mt Cook Village. Otira Hotel to the Mountaineer's Bar - file this one under 'tramps starting and ending at a pub'.

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
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.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.