Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Poor Petes

Murchison, Tasman

Submitted by Daniel Parkinson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 46 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.5%


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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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Plenty of parking

23 km

26 minutes





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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Trail Reviews

Lovely steep but easy vert if conditions dry. Limestone country so take plenty of water as none past the lake

Mike McManaway

January 3, 2023

I’m sure if the weather had been better the views would have been amazing! 🙈 unfortunately it was raining cats and dogs and very overcast. Stayed at Poor Pete’s for the night which was a lovely wee hut. If I was going in again I’d make sure for dry weather (in the days leading up too) the rain made the track unnervingly slippy and especially hard to descend. I’d also say take the predicted times with a pinch of salt. My moving time was 5 hours and usually I’m comfortably within the moderate time estimate. Wet feet and a gnarly, super steep climb. Hopefully next time I’m rewarded with some good views and a trip to Larrikin Creek Hut and beyond!

Lauren Mai Anderson

December 10, 2021

The 1000 acre plateau is unique country.

Nelson Pearson

April 18, 2021

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