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Kaimanawa - Urchin, Hiwiokaituri, Umukarikari

You MUST obtain approval from the leader before booking this trip. They'll give you the trip code - without the correct code your booking will be rejected.

Be sure you know everything you need to know before booking this trip - the booking process, the gear you need, departure point, emergencies, tramp grading description. See the Multiday Tramp info page.

Only ATC members can book a trip up to 3 weeks before a trip commences. After that time, non-member bookings may be accepted.

Friday 10 November 2023

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Some classic Kaimanawa trips for all your pre-Christmas hill fitness and river valley relaxation needs. Note the earlier departure time - 1.00pm Friday.

Easy/Medium

Saturday from the Waikoko campsite follow road to the Umukarikari Track trailhead then over Sharp Cone and south to Urchin. After 5 km descend steeply to the Waipakihi River and camp. 7hrs.

Sunday climb back up the steep track and continue on to Urchin, then downhill to the bus at the Urchin Campsite, 4-5 hrs.

Booking details available from Monday October 2nd, 7pm at this website link

Medium 1

Saturday take Urchin Track over Urchin and up the ridge to Umukarikari Track and on to Waipakihi Hut, 8 hrs.

Sunday return along Umukarikari Track to the Waikoko Campsite, 6hrs.

Booking details available from Monday October 2nd, 7pm at this website link

Medium 2

Saturday from the Waikoko campsite follow road to the Umukarikari Track trailhead then over Sharp Cone and Umukarikari then down an untracked ridge to the Waipakihi River, camp down the river in the general area of Thunderbolt Creek, up to 8 hrs.

Sunday travel down the Waipakihi to the Urchin track, then up and over Urchin and down to the Urchin Campsite, 6hrs.

Booking details available from Monday October 2nd, 7pm at this website link

Fit

Saturday from Urchin Campsite take the road & Urchin Track, drop to Waipakihi River, 3km upriver at Thunderbolt Creek ascend ridge to Te Hiwiokaituri Ridge, traverse ridge to pick up Waipakihi Middle Ridge route to camp by the Waipakihi River, 9+ hrs.

Sunday return along Umukarikari Track to road end, 6hrs.

Booking details available from Monday October 2nd, 7pm at this website link

Transport: Club Bus

Drivers: Chris Burnett and TBA

Transport Cost: $90 members, $115 non-members

Destination:. Waikoko Campsite, Kaimanawa Road

Departure:.Friday 1.00 pm, Club Garage, 31 Sandringham Road

Brief dinner stop in Taupo or Turangi

Notes: Maps: NZTopo50 BH35 Turangi & BH36 Motutere. Tents must be carried for all parties except Medium 1 (where they’re nonetheless recommended given the year-round popularity of Waipakihi Hut on a Saturday night). Full storm gear essential. Waipakihi is a standard hut (1 hut ticket or annual backcountry hut pass).