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Kawekas Trip: Easter Weekend

  • 7 Apr 2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • 10 Apr 2023
  • 7:30 PM
  • Como St, Takapuna
  • 5



Easter Weekend: 3 Days: Friday 7th to Monday 10th April 2023
This is the Second Part of my Kawekas Adventure following the earlier popular trip in Easter ‘22 and will cover the Northern Area.

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 28th February

There will be two parties:
1)    Medium (M) requiring good level of fitness and experience. Climbs over steep slopes to the Kaweka main range ~1700M: Typically, 6-7 hrs/day

  2) Medium Fit (M/F) Experience and   a higher level of fitness and stamina     necessary with main range climb over Whetu   and Kaweka J (1724M)

 For more information on Trip Gradings refer   to our Website link below:

Departing Friday Morning at 8am and driving from Auckland to Taupo for a lunch stop before travelling over the Taupo to Napier Road.
~125km from Taupo turning off at Glengarry Rd and heading 60km inland before the steep 14km climb up Whittle Rd to the Makahu Saddle Campsite.
Accommodation options are: sleep on the bus, tent out at Makahu Saddle Campsite or Makahu Saddle Hut (4 Bunks).
Facilities: Toilet at Carpark and Hut

Both parties will leave from Makahu Saddle Carpark and head up to the top of Makahu Saddle (1700M) and then North to Whetu (1650M). Medium Party will turn off to Makino Hut and Medium/Fit Party will continue onto Venison Tops Hut.
Trip Cost extras:
•    For any of the nights you stay in hut a Blue Standard DOC hut ticket is required - available from Bivouac Outdoor@$5 unless tenting out.
Medium Party (M): Maximum Party Size is 10

From the Makahu Saddle Carpark up to Makahu Saddle (2 hrs ) then onto Whetu (1650M, ~2hrs) before turn off to Makino Hut. ~2 hrs further onto Makino Hut (6 bunks). Some tent sites near hut.

From Makino Hut loop around to Middle Hill Hut ~5hrs: (6 Bunks).
Some tent sites near hut.

Middle Hill Hut out to the Makahu Saddle Carpark via Kaweka Flats. (5.7 km, 3 hrs).
Kaweka Flats Bivvy is ~1 hr from the Makahu Saddle Carpark

Optional Side trip to Iron Whare (historic) site)  

•    Arrive back at the Makahu Saddle Carpark by mid-day

Medium Fit Party (M/F
): Maximum Party Size is 8

The M/F Party will go from Makahu Saddle Carpark over Whetu, across to Ballard Hut turnoff (1400M) and drop down to the hut for lunch.
From Ballard Hut back up onto main range and drop down to the plateau before last ascent to Venison Tops Hut (1490M, 12 Bunks).

   From Venison Tops Hut   descend to Rocks Ahead Hut   (2 Hrs) then up onto Back   Ridge (2hrs, 1370m) then onto   Back Ridge Hut (4 Bunks).

From Back Ridge up Sterns Saddle then over Kaweka J (1724M) and down Makahu Saddle to Carpark. ~ 3 ½ hr

•    Both trips involve travel on exposed tops. Full storm gear required.
•    Please bring a tent as Huts have limited spaces  

Cost: $135

 An additional DOC Standard Hut Fee of $5 (Blue ticket) required for each night if staying in a hut.

N.B: As places on this Trip are limited to 18 please register and pay deposit by 28th Feb to secure your place.

Depart: Friday: 7th April 2023, 8am: Corner 6 Auburn St & Como St Carpark, Takapuna

Organiser: Kevin Osten Ph. 0274 577418

Drivers: TBA

Fit party:    
Medium party:
NZ Topo Map: 
KAWEKA RANGE, Hawke's Bay - NZ Topo Map

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