Email from doc Turangi re the East Taupo Lands Block

Waipakihi Thunderbolt Loop
Waipakihi Thunderbolt Loop
Track 3 days. Medium. Loop track with a road section.
A 3 day trip in the Kaimanawas following the Middle Range and enjoyable tops tramping. Also a probable night camping on the tops
Oamaru to Cascade Hut via Maungaorangi
Oamaru to Cascade Hut via Maungaorangi
Track 1 – 2 days. Medium. One way.
An alternative route from Oamaru Hut to Cascade Hut
Waipakihi Hut to Middle Range
Waipakihi Hut to Middle Range
Track Medium. One way.
DOC have re cut an old track that gives access to the Middle Range from Waipakihi Hut. The usual route via Junction Top crosses private land and requires a permit. Going by this route avoids the Pr...

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.