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CANCELLED - Kawekas Trip: Labour Weekend

  • 22 Oct 2021
  • 6:30 PM
  • 25 Oct 2021
  • 6:30 PM
  • Como St, Takapuna
  • 17


(depends on selected options)

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Cancelled due to COVID Alert level

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.
•    Toilets
•    Water from stream
•    50 tent sites

Saturday 23rd:  Short drive from Kuripapango to The Lakes Carpark where both parties will depart.

Trip Cost includes:

  • Kiwi Saddle Hut donation to Heretaunga Tramping Club (HTC).
  • For the other  night, both Parties will be staying in a standard DOC Hut requiring your own  Blue Standard DOC hut ticket- available from Bivouac Outdoor@$5 unless tenting out.

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

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