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Poor Petes, Tasman

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Poor PetesIntermediate

Submitted by Daniel Parkinson

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Tasman and Nelson


Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


5:00 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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From the carpark, cross the bridge and follow the 4WD track for 3km. The hydro station construction is quite interesting to view along the way. Keep left at any intersections as these are not marked.

Eventually, you'll come to a small clearing with a track venturing into the bush. Follow this - it's very clear and well marked. Shortly you'll arrive at Lake Matiri Hut. Beautiful views of the lake. From here, continue around the lake, cross the small stream and swampy patch and then you get to the sign pointing up to the Plateau. Head straight up. There's a clear, well-marked track, but very steep.

At the top, you'll come out onto the plateau. Head to Poor Petes Hut. This trail finishes at the high point (Pt1115) just above Poor Petes and affords wonderful views of the spectacular plateau (though you could continue for a further 10km across the plateau to Larrikin Creek and the Needle).

Turn around and come back the way you came. Around 3/4 of the way down, there is a small track off to the side which has awesome views of the Matiri Valley and Lake.

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%

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  • Access

    Just north of Murchison, turn left on Matiri Valley Rd. Follow this for 10km until a bridge. Go across the bridge and follow Matiri West Bank Rd for 7km. Here there is a DoC sign and the trailhead.

    Plenty of parking

    23 km

    26 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Plenty at Lake Maitiri and Poor Petes Hut

    Snow on tops in winter.

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