North Shore Tramping Club
Labour Weekend: 3 Days: Friday 22nd to Monday 25th October 2021
An opportunity to experience the seldom visited Kaweka Forest Park.
Join us to explore the Kaweka Range featuring manuka and beech forest with open tops offering expansive views of the Hawkes Bay.
$35 deposit required by 30th September 2021
There will be two trips:
1) Medium (M) requiring good level of fitness and experience. Climbs over steep slopes to the Kaweka main range ~1500M: Typically 7 hrs/day
2) Fit (F): Experience and a high level of fitness and stamina necessary. +8 hrs /day with main range climb over Kaweka J: 1724M.
For more information on Trip Gradings refer to our Website link below:
Friday 22nd: Departing Friday night at 6.30pm and driving from Auckland to Kuripapango Camp site located 75km from Napier on the Napier-Taihape Highway.
Accommodation options are to sleep on the bus or tent out at Kuripapango Camping ground.
• Water from stream
• 50 tent sites
Saturday 23rd: Short drive from Kuripapango to The Lakes Carpark where both parties will depart.
Trip Cost includes:
Medium Party (M): Maximum Party Size is 10
From the Lakes Carpark (750M) climb to Mt Kuripapango (1250M, ~2 hrs) and over the Smith Russell Track to Kiwi Saddle Hut (1242M).
From Kiwi Saddle Hut up via Castle Camp site to Mt Kaiarahi (1507M) then across to Makintosh Spur Track to Makintosh Hut.(~7 hrs)
Makintosh Hut to The Lakes Carpark (~3½hrs)
• Arrive back at The Lakes Carpark by mid-day
Fit Party (F): Maximum Party Size is 10
The Fit (F) Party will go from The Lakes Carpark (750M) to tackle the
first climb of the day up The Rogue to Mt Kaiarahi (1507M).
From Mt Kaiarahi traverse the main range to Studholme Saddle up to Mad Dog Hill and then climb to Kaweka J (1724M), highest peak in the Kawekas, before turning off the main range to Back Ridge Hut(4).
Back Ridge Hut over Sterns Saddle and down Back Ridge to Kiwi Mouth Hut then onto Kiwi Saddle Hut.(~8 hrs)
Kiwi Saddle Hut out to The Lakes Car Park. (3½hrs)
• Both trips involve travel on exposed tops. Full storm gear required.
• Tent must be carried as Huts have limited spaces
Cost: $135 (Includes Kiwi Saddle Hut but not the DOC Standard Hut Fee of $5 required for one night).
N.B: As places on this Trip are limited to 20 please Register on-line by 30th September 2021 to secure your place. $35 deposit due by 30th September.
Depart: Friday: 22nd October 2021, 6.30pm: Corner 6 Auburn St & Como St Carpark, Takapuna
Organiser: Kevin Osten Ph. 027 4577418
Drivers: Arletta and Bernhard
NZ Topo Map: KAWEKA RANGE, Hawke's Bay - NZ Topo Map