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28 April 2009


I led a party from the Rangiora Tramping Club over the Motutapu Track in November 2008. We had fine weather all the way, and enjoyed the trip. Brand new huts, great views, well marked track.

But DoC at Wanaka warned us not to underestimate it, and they were right. There is a fair bit of strenuous sidling across steep snowgrass slopes. These would be very exposed in a southerly, and the saddles are quite high at 1300m or so.

The new hut at Fern Burn has since been opened, which will add some flexibility to the schedule. It also helps if you can get a friendly 4WD'er to pick you up at Macetown.

Overall a great trip, just check the forecast beforehand.

Thanks for adding the useful info, Rod. I've just been talking to a young American couple, Parker & Celeste, who loved the Motatapu especially after a lot of flat tramping and road walks on the Southland section of the Te Araroa.

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