Track Details

  • Matai Dam to Rocks hut - 10.5km
  • Rocks Hut to Hackett hut via Browning hut - 12.5km
  • Hackett Hut to Slaty Hut via Starveall hut - 10km, 6.5hrs
  • Slaty Hut to Old Man Hut - 8km, 5hrs
  • Old Man Hut to Rintoul Hut - 5km, 5hrs
  • Rintoul hut to Tarn hut - 7.5km, 5hrs
  • Tarn hut to Top Wairoa hut via Mid Wairoa hut - 13.5km, 5-7 hrs
  • Option 1: Top Wairoa hut to Red Hills hut via Red hills - 21km, 8-14hrs
  • Option 2: Top Wairoa hut to Hunters Hut - 10km, 5hrs
  • Option 2: Hunters hut to Red Hills Hut via Porters Creek Hut - 18km, 9hrs
  • Red Hills Hut to roadend - 5.8km, 1.5hrs

This extended trip which includes the Richmond Range Alpine Route traverses the backbone of the Richmond Range and includes the Red Hills at the southerly end. The southerly portion is rougher, sidling high above the upper Wairoa river and with some exposure around high points south of Red Hills Peak. However there are two options with the other by passing the high traverse of the Red Hills travelling to the west via Hunters & Porters Creek huts.

This route 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 and the Mt Richmond Forest Park map should be carried.

Doc Track info: Click here

Tramper website track info:

Image Gallery: Richmond Range trip Xmas 2011

Trip Reports: 

Notes: Te Araroa Route Notes