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Waiorongomai Valley Tops


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Sunday 26 August 2018

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Details: In 2015 the Kaimai Ridgeway project volunteers constructed a new track from close to the Waiorongomai carpark, with a deliberately gentle gradient to join the existing Pylon Track. It then continues more steeply to reach the top of the Kaimai Range at Pylon Peak in around 2 to 2.5 hours. This track allowed the nearby Kauri Grove Loop track to be closed as a kauri protection measure. It travels through some superb areas of bush, including rimu and northern rata.
Medium / Fit: Ascend the Pylon Peak track up the eastern side of the valley, past an old water race tunnel to the existing Pylon Track and from there to the junction with the Old North South track. Continue along the modest ups and downs on the Kaimai Ridgeway to the junction with the Waipapa Track near Pukekohatu. This crosses the head of the valley, and then we will return to the carpark via the High Level Pack Track. Be prepared to travel uphill at a good pace. Elevation to the range 660m from the carpark. Duration 6-7 hours.
Leader: Tony Walton, Ph 630 2591 / 027 478 5223
Easy: Follow the Pylon Peak track to its junction with the existing Pylon Track taking time to appreciate the superb rata and rimu trees, amongst others, in the top section of the track. See how many of the old pylon remains you can spot along the way. Duration 4-5 hours
Leader: TBA
Transport: Club bus   Driver: Suresh Nanu
Destination: Waiorongomai road end
Departure: 8:00 am Club garage, 31 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland
8:15 am Marewa Rd, Greenlane, behind Countdown
Cost: $25 members, $30 non members
Note: Early start and late finish