Track Details

  • Porunui to Oamaru hut, 12km, 3.5hrs, Oamaru hut to Boyd Hut, 14km, 4-6hrs
  • Boyd hut to Tussock hut, 6km, 3hrs, Tussock to Harkness hut, 5.6km, 2.75hrs, Harkness hut to Te Puke Hut, 4km, 2.5-3hrs
  • Te Puke to Mangaturutu Hut, 7.2km, 2.75hrs, Mangaturutu Hut to Makino river swingbridge, 4km, 2hrs
  • Makino river swingbridge down the river to Te Pua Lodge, 3.5hrs, Te Pua Lodge to Roadend, 6.5km, 1.5-2hrs
With access issues making a Kaimanawa to Kaweka traverse problematic this route with seven huts provides a tempting alterative. This 60km route offers a good selection of river travel, open tops and beech forests and would be suitable for experienced parties. An alternative route with more tops travel is the Poronui Station to Makahu road via Venison Tops. A faster group should be able to cover the route in 4 days while a more leasurely pace could have you stretching it out to closer to a week. For those with little experience in river travel an alterative to the Makino river is to take the much slower and hillier route via Makino hut.

Transport is a problem but a two party cross-over or a club trip provides for cars at both ends...


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Image Gallery:  Kaweka-Kaimanawa Traverse Feb 2010
Trip Reports:  Click here to read trip report covering part of the route.