Atiwhakatu Stream - Angle Knob - Jumbo Peak - Mt Holdsworth (map S26)
3 February 2001
This trip was a departure from the fixture card; the same area but a longer and more demanding trip which was well suited to the fitness and expectations of the party. The first section of the Atiwhakatu Stream is easy travel on a benched track on the true right of the stream. The track sidles high over a small gorge which is easy travel when the stream is low. To the north of the Atiwhakatu Hut the track is not benched but it is well cut and marked right through to Mitre Flats.
On reaching the swing bridge we followed the stream into its headwaters with the intention of following a spur up to McGregor. The first section of the stream past the bridge is very easy travel but this soon changes and the stream starts to resemble a West Coast stream with many very large boulders and, despite the low water level, some rather deep pools, all making for rather slow but challenging travel. The largest boulders seemed to be downstream on the two large slips, both of which are on the true right. The challenging nature of the travel must have occupied our complete and undivided attention since we overshot the forks at about 155377, the spur between which would have taken us to McGregor Peak. Instead we had arrived for lunch at another forks at about 148378. There were three streams at this forks and after a rather long lunch we started climbing a spur to Angle Knob but the day’s adventure was not over yet.
In the bush the spur was easy travel, however out of the bush the dry leatherwood scraped and punctured our skin as we battled through the scrub belt. Once in open tussock our problems were reduced to sharp thickets of Aciphylla colensoi, spaniard. Fortunately we had made good time and we were able to complete our trip along the tops to Mt Holdsworth in fine and warm conditions. The tops travel between Angle Knob and Jumbo peak is easy and gives you plenty of time to take in the views to the North, South and West.
It is a must to get the navigation of this trip correct and the nature of the country is worthy of a revisit on a future occasion. This trip was completed in about 11 and a half hours which places it at the fit end of medium/fit but it would rate a fit grading.
Party members: Bill Allcock, Mike Arnold, Yvonne Ashworth, Nigel Ball, Marg Conal, Diana Munster, Dave Reynolds (Leader and scribe) and Tim Stone.