Mt Cass ClamberBeginner
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Track is closed 1 August to 30 October for lambing. Check tiromoanawalkways.nz for the latest on status.
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The track starts right beside the information board. There may be a pocket guide to take with you in a clear plastic box on the sign. All fence crossings are equipped with little gates just for walkers so you don’t need to bother with the big gates.
Once through the first paddock beside the fence the track becomes a grassy 4WD farm track all the way. It also climbs the whole way! The junction of the loop is marked with a signpost advising that the clockwise route is the steeper. Taking the right hand or anticlockwise choice sends you around the back of the hill, it’s well signposted all the way. Mt. Cass finally comes into sight with radio masts in it. At the lookout, which is the track summit, there are picnic tables and plenty of photo opportunities. From there it’s downhill all the way back to the loop junction and finally the carpark.
Features of interest
Limestone outcrops and the site of an old lime quarry. Some native bush and birds about. Fantastic views in all directions as you get higher up.
Make Up of Run
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 100%
There’s an NZTA brown sign pointing to the Mt Cass Walkway carpark on Mt Cass Rd.
A small carpark is accessed via a gate off the roadside beside some sheep yards. It’s well signposted.
Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
It’s totally exposed all the way, no cover or shelter at all.
Post run indulgence
Paris Bakery Cafe
96b Carters Rd, Amberley
Awesome croissants but you’re best to get in early!
Amberley Tearooms, the blue dairy.
98 Carters Rd, Amberley
Huge ice creams
95 Main North Rd, Amberley
Coffee, and sticky buns.
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