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20 Major Crossings

These crossing trips all involve travel above the bushline. Make sure that your gear and route-finding abilities reflect the possibility of alpine conditions.

  • Severe conditions may be expected at all seasons of the year.
  • Winter crossings will need ice axe and perhaps crampons.
  • Be prepared to turn back if conditions get too tough – the hills will still be there next weekend and you will be better prepared.
  • But don't forget your sunscreen and camera.

20.5 Middle Crossing Ordinary Tramper

The Middle Crossing is generally considered to be between the road-ends of Ōtaki Forks and Holdsworth, and several routes may be used. None are described in detail here, but the route segments are listed under respective valley or Main Range routes. Two reasonably fit days or three more moderate ones.

The traditional route was through Waitewaewae to Anderson Memorial Hut for Saturday night. From here, either the ridge at the back of the hut or the next stream S gives access to Waiohine River. This section of the river is not difficult in normal water. To mount the spur to Isabelle, travel 300 metres up Francis Creek until past the bluffs – the pool is passable. The spur to Isabelle is delightful.

Anderson Memorial Hut

Anderson Memorial Hut

Anderson Memorial Hut is a Standard hut, located at -40.846474, 175.356018. It has 6 bunks with heating, mattresses, toilets - non-flush, water from tap - not treated, boil before use, and water supply. Bookings are not required, usage is first come, first served.
Anderson Memorial Hut alert

Predator control for eastern Tararua/Project Kaka area

An aerial predator control operation using bait containing 1080 was completed on 2 July 2021. This area is now open – warning signs are in place.

There may be leftover toxic bait and carcasses in the area.

How to keep dogs, other pets and livestock safe around 1080.

This operation is part of Tiakina Ngā Manu, DOC's successful predator control programme that protects vulnerable wildlife.

First published on 9 June 2021. Last reviewed on 16 September 2021.

Nowadays the route via Mid-Waiohine Hut is an option, but is a couple of hours longer, as the range must first be travelled to Aokaparangi before descending to the Waiohine and the bridge below Mid Waiohine Hut.

Interesting variants for the more fit are via Park Forks in the north, or via Hector Forks in the south.

Mid Waiohine Hut

Mid Waiohine Hut

Mid Waiohine Hut is a Standard hut, located at -40.874157, 175.381718. It has 6 bunks with heating, mattresses, toilets - non-flush, water from stream, and water supply. Bookings are not required, usage is first come, first served.
Mid Waiohine Hut alert

Predator control for eastern Tararua/Project Kaka area

An aerial predator control operation using bait containing 1080 was completed on 2 July 2021. This area is now open – warning signs are in place.

There may be leftover toxic bait and carcasses in the area.

How to keep dogs, other pets and livestock safe around 1080.

This operation is part of Tiakina Ngā Manu, DOC's successful predator control programme that protects vulnerable wildlife.

First published on 9 June 2021. Last reviewed on 16 September 2021.

Major crossings

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