Ruahine Forest Park Oroua Catchment

The car park at the end of Petersons road provides good access to the Oroua River and Ngamoko Range, which enables a weekend tramp that can bag at least six huts; as does the Limestone Road car park.
Table Flat Road ends
Friday 25/11/2016
Was raining as I drove to the road end, by the time I was ready to go, the rain had stopped.
Bridge the gap bridge
Nice walking night to Iron Gate hut, did stop at Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge to check the hut out. There are some good info signs along the way that present the early logging history.

Saturday 26/11/2016
Nice sleep in and relaxing breakfast with a clean up before heading up to the Ngamoko Range.
Iron Gate Hut
Interesting walk up thru a montane conifer type forest.
Forest on way to Ngamoko tops
When I first got out onto the range it was sunny with views, before I got to 1505 to head down to Top Gorge hut it was raining, windy, and visibility had dropped. Used compass to ensure I was heading down the right ridge, down lower an obvious trail exists.
Ngamoko Range as got out of the bush
Heavy rain by the time I arrived at Top Gorge Hut. The track down from the tops dosn't seem to get much use, quite a few visits in the hut book where river trips. The hut is built on a concrete pad, has not been lined, and has an open fire place. Stopped here for lunch and once the rain calmed down headed up the ridge for a bush bash.
Top Gorge Hut
Top Gorge Hut
Top Gorge Hut
The last few hundred meters thru the Leather Wood was very scratchy, sliding on my tummy thru the shrubs with the rain was not really that bad, it was the pushing thru that was the worst. Thinking of coming back and cutting a real track here. Onto the DOC maintained track, easy going all the way to  Makaretu Hut, and got there just before the clouds opened again. Comfy little hut that was easy to warm up with once the fire was going.
Makaretu Hut
Sunday 27/11/2016
Left Makaretu Hut and took the track that is more direct up heading East. A ridge of large trees and mixed.
Forest on way up
Passed a NZ Forest Service enclosure on the way up.
NZFS enclosure
Did have one or two views on the way.

Best views of the day
At Leon  Kinvig Hut for lunch, rather wet with consistent rain and chilly wind gusts.
Leon Kinvig Hut
Nice grind up to Toka, once out of the shelter the wind blasts made me divert from my intended route,  of along the range to Tunapo and bagging Toka Bivouac on the way, to straight down Knights Track and ending up at Limestone Road end with an hours walk back to my car. The weather was very "hypothermic" that afternoon up on the range.
Toka 1519m
Map of Trip
Ngamoko Range from BL36
Trip Times
Friday 25/11/2016
1959 Left car at Oroua Catchment car park
2023 Alice Nash Memorial Hut
2029 Left Hut
2224 Iron Gate Hut
Saturday 26/11/2016
1102 Left Iron Gate Hut
1429 Top Gorge Hut
1530 Left Top Gorge Hut
1632 Joined the track 
1720 Spur down to Makaretu Hut
1757 Makaretu Hut
Sunday 27/11/2016
0923 Left Makaretu Hut
1049 Onto the Main Track
1104 Next Junction
1144 Leon Kinvig Hut
1253 Left Leon Kinvig Hut
1442 Top of Toka
1616 Limestone Road end
1724 Back at my car

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