Punga Hut / Miro Valley Hut

Route guide:  Scotts Road to North Mangahao Biv
Route guide: Scotts Road to North Mangahao Biv
Track 1 day. Medium/hard. Return by the same track.
The northern Tararuas get little of the traffic of the rest of the range. There's an image of an uninterrupted sea of leatherleaf - but this is unfair. Down off the tops there's some great open bus...

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.