Waipakihi Valley from the Urchin Ridge

Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
Urchin - Waipakihi Hut - Umukarikari Trip
Track 2 – 3 days. Easy/medium. Loop track with a road section.
A classic 2 - 3 day trip in the Kaimanawas. Includes open tops, river travel and a comfy hut for the night
Urchin-Umukarikari Loop Track
Urchin-Umukarikari Loop Track
Track 1 – 2 days. Medium. Loop track with a road section.
This is a new track linking the existing Umukarikari Track that goes to Waipakihi Hut with the Urchin Track that goes to the lower Waipakihi Valley. This now makes a day loop possible and on a good...
Lower Waipakahi Valley
Lower Waipakahi Valley
Track 1 – 2 days. Easy/medium. One way.
A nice easy valley with very pleasant camping all the way along its length

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.