Longview HutIntermediate - Experienced
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Out and Back
Intermediate - Experienced
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Park in the carpark area and you should see the track going straight ahead. There is the DOC board there with information of all the tracks in the area. Continue on this track following the poled route up for about 4km until you see a sign indicating the direction to go to get to the hut (right at the top) and you should see the hut anyway from this sign (unless you are in a fog).
Check out the hut and views and retrace your footsteps back. There are other options of further tracks, but be aware some require navigation skills and aren't poled routes (the DOC board has these details).
Features of interest
Great views of Hawke's Bay
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 90%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
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These tracks are accessed from Kashmir Road.
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 road end.
Carpark at end of Kashmir road
Generally there is no where else to go other that up, but keep an eye out for the poles. Would not recommend doing this in high winds or fog.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
In winter there is usually lots of snow which can be deep. The terrain is steep and difficult in winter, but doable just take it easy. In high winds I would not recommend.
Steep terrain, ice, snow, mud
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