Leslie Karamea Track
There are eleven DOC Huts to be found along the track, which ones you stay in is entirely dependant upon the route you choose and the pace you set. Its a great fishing river, and the karamea especially has trout that size well beyond that of small whales.. sometimes several to a pool. Not that easy to catch though (I should know!!).
Transport Nelson to Flora Saddle
Transport Nelson to Rolling River Junction
Transport Nelson to Wangapeka Road, Little Wanganui.
Leslie Karamea Track description
Flora Saddle to Wangapeka Road, Little Wanganui.
Flora Saddle to Rolling River JunctionDistance: 86 km
Flora Saddle Hut to Mt Arthur hut
Flora Saddle Hut, with 12 bunks and heating, is located only 30 minutes walk away from the carpark. Its a good place to sleep if you've gotten a late start, but it can also serve as a good base from which to climb the Mt Arthur summit. The track up is gradual at first, becoming steeper as you near the ridge to the top. Snow can be found near the top many times of the year.
Flora Saddle Hut to Salisbury Lodge
The flora hut is only 20 minutes from the car park along a wide track that was origionally built for vehicles and driving the herds of cattle up to the Tablelands uptil the 70's. Its closed off now, except for DOC and a hardy bunch of volunteers called the Friends of the Flora who have succesfully exterminated (and were the forerunners in an experiment) the stoats, rats and possums. Their success, shared with DOC, have turned around the bird population which is now thriving, including recently Blue Duck. The track continues fpr quite awhile before becoming a moderate path in mountain beech. Gridron shelter is one of the best places to stop for lunch, or even a night under an overhanging rock. Apparantly there's a small hut just above the shelter, acccess by track just before you find the shelter. I have yet to find it! After awhile the path leads out onto the open plains of the Tablelands, a great viwe of Gordons Pyramid (knob), and eventullay salisbury Lodge nestelled on the flats.
Mt. Arthur Hut to Salisbury Lodge via the tops
An interesting trek involving many ups and downs, this will take you along the Ridge and to the top of Gordon's Pyramid. The turn off is about an hour or so along the ridge and is well marked. The ascent of Mt. Arthur is there for the taking and not difficult provided the conditions are right. The turn off to Ellis basin is on the left before the scramble up to the peak. The descent to Ellis basin is quite steep. The way along to Gordon's Pyramid is poled and moderately easy in good weather. However, wind can be so extreme that one cannot stand and fog thick as porridge. Snow, or cold weather anytime of year. Being karst (limestone), there are many potholes (sinkholes) along the route. Once down from the knob and levelling off as you near the bush around the lodge.
Cobb Reservoir to Balloon Hut
Salisbury Lodge to Karamea Bend hut
Karamea Bend hut to Crow Hut
Karamea Bend hut to Roaring Lion Hut (option)
This track does not officially exist, and neither does the hut as its bordering the true wilderness area. Follow true right and cross river only if accessible at low levels (much easier option, but only safe at low water levels). Otherwise keep bush bashing over the bluffs on true right. Hairy work indeed, and dangerous to boot. Finally, after being resuscitated several times from near exhaustion, keep an eye out for a barrel in a tree, or triangle, on right of a plain (guessing 7-10 kms down river). Its the marker for a track that leads to the hut a half hour away through beech forest.
to Crow Hut to Venus Hut
Venus Hut to Thor Hut
Thor Hut to Trevor Carter Hut
From Trevor Carter one has three options:
Trevor Carter Hut to Taipo Hut
Trevor Carter Hut to Helicopter Flat (Lost Valley)
Trevor Carter Hut to Stone Hut (Via Biggs Tops)
To view the description of remaining part of the tramp, whether to Rolling River Junction or the west coast, click here Wangapeka track.
Helicopter Flat to Stone Hut
Stone Hut to Cecil King
Cecil King to Rolling River Junction
Warning! There are several creeks that feed into the Karamea and the Wangapeka rivers. If there has been a heavy overnight rain and it continues, then the creeks may be impassable. If you cannot see the creek bottom then dont cross. If it stops raining, try after a few hours.. they go down as quickly as they come up. The worst area is from Venus hut to Thor to Trevor Carter. Biggs Tops route and Lost valley also easily flood and are dangerous in bad weather (I have heard many a woeful tale, and indeed was rained in there myself a couple of days). Its also steep and hard work to get to the ridge of Biggs Top, but a view you'll never forget! There are also quite a few slips to navigate. DOC class this tramp as difficult, though I would class it moderate in good weather, but definitely caution and common sense needed especially in bad weather.
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What to take Ideas on what to pack for the tramp (My packing list!)
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