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A great hike with views across to the South Island and lower North Island.


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13.9

Miles

22.3

KM

Loop

4,717' 1,438 m

High

1,002' 305 m

Low

4,161' 1,268 m

Up

4,163' 1,269 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Overview

This route provides a real taste of hiking in the Tararuas. Expect steep and technical trails as well as a fast hike coming down from Powell Hut. Take your phone and camera as there are photo opportunities everywhere.

Description

Parking is located at the Holdsworth Car Park (end of Norfolk Rd approx 19km from Masterton).

The hike will start through NZ native forest on well-groomed single trails heading to Atiwhakatu Hut. From there, go up Raingauge Spur Track which is a good hike up to Jumbo Hut. Carry on to reach the first high point overlooking the Tararuas. From this point all the way across the tops to Powell Hut, you'll enjoy great 'traditional' trail to hike (snow poles mark the way).

Various signposts have been added over the years highlighting a variety trails that run off the ridge line. The ridge line provides extensive 360-degree views. The Holdsworth Trig is the turning point for the hike and from there, it is downhill with a moderately technical hike to Powell Hut. From Powell Hut, it is a groomed trail all the way back to the Holdsworth car park where you started from.

All in all this is a great loop providing you with some great views of the South Island and lower North Island.

Flora & Fauna

NZ native forest and NZ native alpine vegetation above the snow line. Birds will be seen with the most common being the Kereru.

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul Stevens

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Photos

Mt. Jumbo on a good day. Hard to beat.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
View above Jumbo Hut.
Jul 11, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
The longest of the wire rope bridges on the Atiwhakatu Trail.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
View to Mt. Holdsworth Summit.
Aug 6, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
Early pre-season snow near Holdsworth summit.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
View of the Atiwhakatu River from the first bridge.
Aug 6, 2016 near Masterton, NZ

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