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The track heads west from the hut and almost immediately arrives at a walkwire across Hamilton Creek (unnecessary in normal conditions, when it can be forded). You continue up Harper River on the true left (east) side and soon come to a swing bridge. The track resumes on the true right (west) side, and follows the valley through forest and open flats for 4.5km to West Harper Hut (five bunks), an old-style hut built in the 1950s. West Harper Hut is 15 to 20 minutes beyond Tarn Creek and is...

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Getting Tofrom The Tramp

Most of the 120km stretch of SH38 through the park is unsealed, winding and extremely scenic. In other words, a very time-consuming drive. There is very little traffic on this route, making it a slow-go for hitching. Both ends of the track are within easy walking distance of SH38. The southern end is at Onepoto, 10km south of the park headquarters. The northern end is near Hopuruahine Landing, 15km northwest of the park headquarters at Aniwaniwa. Bay Marauiti & Bay Te Kotoreo-taunoa Point...

HISTORY

Maori legend says human settlement in Te Urewera began when Hine-Pokohu-Rangi (the Mist Maiden) married Te Maunga (a mountain), producing the fierce Tuhoe tribe (the Children of Mist). Genealogical evidence places the arrival of the Tuhoe at around AD 1350. Tuhoe people evolved into fierce warriors, hardened by difficult lives, and they resisted European invasion and influence long after other areas were settled and tamed. The Tuhoe settled the rugged interior of Te Urewera, but not around Lake...

Nearest Town Facilities Ruatahuna

This small village straddles SH38, 113km from Rotorua and 49km from the park visitor information centre at Lake Waikaremoana. Ruatahuna is only 11km from the start of the track but offers very few services. The DOC field centre once located here is gone, so you must buy hut tickets and leave intentions at the Rangitaiki Area Office ( 366 1080 SH38), 1.8km south of Murupara. The only real business in town is the Ruata huna General Store (s 366 3393 SH38 r 65), which has four very basic rooms for...

Whakatanewaikare River Loop

Summary This route includes an all-weather track along the Whakatane River, and a day going along - and fording - the Waikare River. Both rivers offer excellent trout fishing. This route can be done as a through-tramp or a loop. The Whakatane River tramp is a four- to five-day trip from the end of Mataatua Rd to another access road near Ruatoki North. To turn the tramp into a loop (as described), trampers head southeast once they reach Waikare Junction Hut, and follow the Waikare River to...

Navigation Equipment Maps Compass

Always carry a good map whilst walking see p343 , and know how to read it. Before the tramp, ensure that you understand the contours and the map symbols, plus the main ridge and river systems in the area. Familiarise yourself with the true north-south directions, and the general direction you are heading in. On the trail, identify major landforms mountain ranges, gorges etc and find them on the map. This will give you a better understanding of the local geography. Buy a compass and learn how to...

Harper Pass

Summary This is the route that thousands of miners used during the 1865 gold rush. It extends from Arthur's Pass National Park into Lake Sumner Forest Park, and much of it passes through beech forest and along wide river flats. This is a classic tramp along a historic route connecting Arthur's Pass to Lewis Pass. The track crosses the Main Divide over Harper Pass, a low saddle of only 963m. The segment in Arthur's Pass National Park is a valley route along the Taramakau River, but in Lake...

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There are two ways up the Waimakariri River to Carrington Hut. If the river is high use the Alternative Start p228 . However, in normal conditions, and using a degree of caution, the river can be forded in most places. The shortest and easiest route is along the river bed, where trampers cross the Waimakariri and its side streams numerous times. For the preferred river route, begin at the 4WD track opposite Klondyke Shelter and follow the track west to the small car park at the end. The route...