Author Topic: Mangaweka in April  (Read 1454 times)

Mangaweka in April
« on: April 26, 2011, 12:38:42 PM »
Climbed this as part of a leisurely 3 day tramp in Easter 2011 (April 22-24).    Route was Kawhatau Base - McKinnon Hut (night 1) - Hikurangi - Mangaweka - Purity Hut (night 2) - Purity Hut carpark.  The times for each day were about 4.5 hours, 5.5 hours (including lunch), 1.5 hours.  The track was in ok condition although often peters out or is just non-existent on the unmarked route bit at the tops.  No problem in good visibility like we had b ut you'd want to know what you're doing in other circumstances.

The track up to McKinnon Hut is noticeably steeper and generally tougher than Purity Hut.  If you're doing this circuit I'd recommend the way we did it as I'd rather go up that stuff than down it - particularly if there's any chance of rain, as it would be seriously slippery on the steep bit down near the cableway across the river.

A great tramp.  Amazing weather - views to Ruapehu and both coasts, great views of the more rugged eastern Ruahines.