(4 routes)

Seaward Kaikoura Range

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1 Middle Spur Route 3
Access via KOWAI RIVER .The long ridge at the junction of Kowhai River and Kowhai Saddle Stream (known locally as Middle Spur) is initially easy scrub and tussock, later becoming a mix of scree, broken rock and gendarmes. It is possible to gain the spur from Kowhai Saddle, but steep broken rock must be crossed.
Kowhai River Route 2
Access via KOWAI RIVER To reach the upper Kowhai, use the South Ridge of Mt Saunders route to the razorback. Sidle this, and continue to sidle animal tracks through scree and tussock above the river, then descend past ribbonwood to a major stream off the south-west slopes of Mt Saunders. Cross the stream and climb to a prominent ribbonwood flat, which descends to the river above a 10m waterfall. Cross the river, climb up to a tussock and scrub terrace, and follow this for about 400m till a descent into the open upper valley is possible. Scree can be climbed from the headwaters to a saddle at 2140m on the Uwerau to Manakau ridge. Fair scrambling, occasionally steep, leads to either peak. Considerably longer route than the usual routes.
2 South West Face 3
From HAPUKU RIVER This has been climbed in winter, but it is necessary to avoid gorges and waterfalls in the Hapuku River headwaters by a high level traverse from the normal route
Clayton Garbes, Peter Dickson. 1998
3 Hapuku Route 1
Via HAPUKU RIVRER From Hapuku Hut cross the river and follow the track upriver to a small creek, just before the track enters the riverbed (map ref. O31/625813). Follow the creek up till it starts to open out and climb onto a tussock spur on the true right, which leads through easy scrub to scree and to the summit. Take care when descending Uwerau to avoid the spurs further eastwards, which have a belt of thick subalpine scrub.
Ben Winnubst Photo Clayton Garbes


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