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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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From the carpark there are two tracks, one going straight ahead (to Longview hut) and to the left is the track to Awatere Hut. Follow this left track up to the ridge line and then continue along this range until about 1.5km and then you will descend to the stream in the valley below very sharply (yes this means a steep climb back!)
This route is pretty obvious but keep an eye out for the poles. Once in the bush look for the orange triangles and you will cross one small stream before getting to the larger stream. Once you exit the bush to the larger stream, go right and head down the back for about 50m looking to your left over the stream and you should see the hut (I missed it at first) tucked into the bush on the side of the stream. Once you have got your fill of the scenery, head back the way you came.
Features of interest
Great views of Hawke's Bay. Beautiful bush and crystal clear streams from the ranges.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 1%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 59%
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Approx. 100 km from Napier or Palmerston North, turn off SH50 onto Makaretu Road, then into Mill Road - the first road on the left. Mill Road becomes gravel after 7 km - continue on for a further 4 km, then turn left into Kashmir Road.
The road is suitable for two wheel drive vehicles to the roadend.
Carpark at end of road, not many go here and often people stay in huts overnight and leave cars overnight, so pretty safe
generally there is nowhere else to go other than following the track. Down at the stream, look for the big orange triangle to indicate where the track goes into the bush for your return journey.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
You could drink from the streams
Snow can fall this low at very cold times of the year making the climb down to the forest a little slow if its slippery
Stream crossing, but generally not deep
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