Track Details

  • Hackett Roadend to Starveall hut - 10.5km, 6hrs
  • Starveall Hut via Slaty Hut to Old Man Hut - 13km, 7.5hrs
  • Old Man Hut to Mt Rintoul Hut - 5km, 5hrs
  • Mt Rintoul hut to Tarn hut - 7.5km, 5hrs
  • Option 1: Tarn Hut to Wairoa roadend: 16.5km, 7-9hrs
  • Option 2: Tarn Hut to Goulter roadend: 21.5km, 5-6hrs

The Alpine Route is a challenging trip above the bushline in Mt Richmond Forest Park, which offers outstanding views over the Waimea Plains, towards Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks, and to the rugged hills of South Marlborough and the Inland Kaikouras. It is only suitable for experienced and well-equipped groups. There is little or no formed track in many places, the terrain is steep and rugged, and good fitness and navigation skills are needed. A compass, the relevant 1:50,000 Topo50 maps (BQ26 Nelson, BQ27 Rai Valley, BR25 Tophouse, BR26 Mount Patriarch) and the Mt Richmond Forest Park map should be carried.

The Alpine Route runs from Starveall Hut through to Tarn Hut, and is mostly above the bushline, ranging from 1000–1700 metres above sea level. The route down the Wairoa is rough and unmaintained with plenty of windfall and slips. 

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Image Gallery: Richmond Range Xmas 2011, Jan 2022 Trip

Trip Reports:  Notes: Te Araroa Route Notes