Blyth Hut and Beyond Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushOpen ridges/topsVolcanic
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A nice gradual climb through varying terrain - this run has a bit of everything (mud, logs, tree roots, stream crossings, rock hopping, scree and benched track). Great views on a nice day. Run to where Old Blyth Track intersects with the Round the Mountain Track. Turn right (east) and follow board walk to Waitonga Falls. From falls head downstream and follow large orange triangles to cross the main stream, a second crossing (also marked) follows shortly afterwards.
Climb up to where the track to Blyth Hut turns off on the left (north). Follow track up and cross the stream 3 more times - passing Lupton Hut on the way. A final climb up packed scree leads to Blyth Hut. Turn around here (16km return) or head up the sporadically poled track behind the hut to Turoa skifield. Keep an eye out for the faded wooden poles - some have fallen over and in places a clear ground trail exists. Final climb up a rocky outcrop leads to views of Turoa Skifield. Retrace your steps back to the start.
Features of interest
Waitonga Falls, Lupton & Blyth Huts
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 15%
Moderate Single Track: 75%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Lower end of Old Blyth Track - small car park on right hand side of Turoa Road (heading up the mountain) just past the 7km mark
Small carpark (4 cars) on right hand side of Turoa Road just past 7km mark. Shuttle buses maybe available from Ohakune.
Most of the run is on well marked tracks. Take care behind Blyth Hut to follow faint ground trail & faded wooden poles. Could be difficult in cloudy conditions.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.
Good water is available from various streams along the way as well as at Blyth and Lupton Huts. Water by the skifield may not be best to drink, as is water directly below falls given that people often cross back and forth through this area.
Old Blyth Track can become extremely muddy and slippery after steady rain (think running in a muddy stream). Exposed behind Blyth Hut - cold winds at any time of year. Streams past Waitonga Falls can flood after heavy rain. Heavy snow fall can occur, particularly in Autumn, Winter & Spring, but may occur at higher altitudes at any time of year.
Logs have been placed in central section of Old Blyth Track to reduce water erosion - track is often wet and slippery - care required particularly when running downhill.
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