Arete Forks Hut return from Kiriwhakapapa

DESC Kiriwhakapa over Blue Range to Cow Creek Hut then the brutal Arete Forks Hut track….Be ready!!! This is the HEART of the Tararuas. The forbidden zone…The Bermuda triangle.

 

The sidle track was cut by DOC 2 or 3 years ago, bit of regrowth buts its ok to travel.

Takes about 3 hours from cow creek, quicker coming down from arête forks

Its doable, from kiriwhakapapa roadend in a day ok, with packs

The river travel varies, not good unless very low, and still no quicker than the track usually

Arête forks has been restored to original NZFS design with Open Fire

 

DIST 28 KM

GPX CLICK

ALT 2500m

TIME 10-12 Hours return (Or 7 if you are Marta Zanetti)

 

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BEHOLD ….ARETE FORKS HUT TRACK!!!

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THERE IS A MARKED TRAIL FROM COW CREEK TO TABLE RIDGE (BLACK DOTTED LINE) This is a DOC triangled route

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ARETE OVERVIEW 1985 MAP Note the extra tracks and routes than that are on a NZ Topo.

The track from cow creek to Table ridge is marked and cut by DOC to the bushline

The route down to arête forks from table top never happened, but it is marked still, with permolat, and can be followed ok

There is an old tracks that can be followed, on to Waingawa on the Bannister crossing route

And the track onto the bushline of waiohine pinnacles is well cut by doc

 

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