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Saturday 09 November 2019

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Details: The full loop involves an ascent from the Waiorongomai Valley via the Pylon Peak Track, with some superb areas of bush, including rimu and northern rata and a few remains of an old pylon line. Once on top of the Kaimai Range, the track then continues around the head of the valley before dropping down past historic mining relics.
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 (2-2.5 hours). 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: Simon Rainger  Ph 575 4969
Medium: Climb to the Pylon Peak summit for great views from there and along the old North South Track, then return the same way. Duration 5-6 hours.
Leader: Russell Allen 021 0480380
Easy: Stay in the Waiorongomai Valley and explore the historic mine relics, tunnels and pack tracks. Duration 4-5 hours.
Leader: TBA
Note: If the Medium and Easy walks are complete with enough spare time, if a driver is available, there could be an option for a drop-off in Te Aroha for a café break while waiting for the longer group to finish.
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