Roberts Point TrackIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
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From the main carpark looking towards the glacier, turn to the left and there is a sign there. At the bottom it says Roberts Point Track.. Head down the lovely manicured trail, watch out for Pete's Pool on your right. Carry on to the next signed intersection (about 1.3km from the start) where you will turn right, head down the steps and over the swingbridge.
At the end of the bridge just follow the trail which at this point is magic... there are a few technical and semi-technical bits, but this part of the track has been recently upgraded and is good going with a steady climb. You will cross lots of streams, pretty much all of them you can cross without wet feet. This continues until you reach the big new swingbridge... its a ripper... then at the other side it all changes. Technical trail blending into no trail at all, just find your way up the rock slide or stream in the direction of the orange triangles. And climb, climb and climb some more. You will reach the old hut, just past that are the amazing steps and then about 2km to the viewing platform... which is as close as you can get to Franz Josef without a chopper!
When you have had a rest, lunch drink etc... turn and retrace your steps.
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Features of interest
So many! Waterfalls, a reflection pond, of course one of New Zealands pre-eminent Glaciers, a couple of awesome swingbridges (and a couple of shorter ones for fun)
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 25%
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 35%
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
Heading South out of Franz Josef, just over the bridge turn left toward the main Galcier Carpark and go all the way to that carpark
Take your time in the latter stages to sight the next triangle. There was also a section where there was no triangle for a while, but the route is straight up the rocky streambed.
Waterproof 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, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Lots of mountain water... not sure of the drinkability
Stay clear after very heavy rain as the side streams could become dangerous.
Slip and fall hazards on a lot of the trail. There are frequent places where you will have took take the time to work out the best and safest route.
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