Mt Arthur Up & BackIntermediate
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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This route is part of the Rab Skyline Mountain Collection
From Flora car park follow the track to Flora Saddle where a well-graded track turns left and follows the ridge towards Mt Arthur, winding through beech forest and groves of candelabra-like mountain neinei (Dracophyllum or 'Dr Zeuss plant!) Mt Arthur Hut is just on the tree line.
Beyond here you are on open ridges, some parts of which have a lot of loose rock on. The views are superb and from the summit on a clear day it's possible to see Mt. Taranaki!
Return by retracing your steps downhill.
Features of interest
The awesome groves of dracophyllum that you pass through on the way to Mt Arthur Hut & the sensational views from the summit.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 10%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 30%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Flora Saddle. From Motueka head south on the Motueka Valley Highway and cross the river at Ngatimoti. At the next junction turn left on Motueka River West Bank Road and follow this until it turns into Graham Valley Rd. After about 3k bear left (signposted Flora Saddle/Mt. Arthur) and travel uphill to the DoC car park at the road end. The last bit of this access is steep gravel road - it can be travelled in a 2WD but 4WD is preferable, especially if wet.
Plenty of parking, toilet and information board/shelter at the DoC car park
Finding the way is easy enough in good weather but with poor visibility you will need to remain alert on the tops. Avoid taking the poled route that leads off to your right (on the way up) towards Gordons Pyramid.
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 blanket, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
Mt. Arthur Hut is the only source of water on the route
This is a great winter route for those with the experience to handle it - be aware of avalanche risk, particularly towards the summit. For others it's best to treat as a summer-only route.
Care is required around the many bluffs, sinkholes and caves.
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See other runs nearby:
Onetahuti Beach to Marahau
Mt Arthur Hut
Canaan Wainui Loop
Salisbury over Arthur
Leslie Karamea Wangapeka Ultra
Canaan to Birds Clearing
Mt. Campbell Climb
The Trails of Mot
Takaka Hill Walkway
Mt Arthur - Flora Huts