Author Topic: Kohukohunui summit ex Upper mangatawhiri dam  (Read 1034 times)

Kohukohunui summit ex Upper mangatawhiri dam
« on: August 25, 2008, 11:42:12 AM »
After a failed attempt 2 months ago Bacchus and I finally completed this track.  Although on the map the distance for the south west approach to Kohukohunui looks not too much more than the north west approach via plows road, it is deceptive.  It took us 4.5 hours to summit from the south west vs 2.5 hours from the north west on previous trips.  Granted we werent going hell for leather, and it was Dave's first hit out after a badly sprained ankle, but even considering these factors it certainly is significantly more time consuming.  The track however is very interesting, isolated and pretty but also unformed, windy and in places difficult to follow (there must have been 20 trees fallen across the track before the summit after the recent storms). The Upper Mangatawhiri track section is just super stuff, though it is very very long..... we wondered if we would ever meet the junction the map promised!! Although the map details this is 4.5 km long it seemed the longest 4.5km I have ever walked!

We spent a bit of time at the summit trig for lunch before traversing over finishing at Moumauku Hill road at the end of the Ness Valley for 7.5 hours hike in perfect conditions (descent via the standard prescribed Peakbagging route).  The track was surprisingly dry aside from about a half hour section on the north side of the summit which was very muddy.

A recommended route for those looking for a long day hike.  The bottle of 2006 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay a good reward for a brilliant day.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2008, 02:31:19 PM by vinodrinker »