Diedrichs Range

(5 routes)

Separating the Hokitika and Toaroha Valleys, the Diedrichs Range offers a traverse on tussock, rock, snow and gravel tops. While travel is mostly easy, bluffs and narrow arêtes intercede in places. Routes past these spots are described. Basic access routes are covered below, but others exist.

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J34 557 979
BV19 457 363
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Squall Peak
A marked route onto the northern Diedrichs Range leads up from Cedar Flats to Squall Peak. Maintained by Permolat, it begins on the true left of Percy Creek about 20 metres up from the Toaroha River at Cedar Flats. It is followable with care but partly overgrown in places.
Gerhardt Spur
This can be a useful spur when planning a round trip along ranges from the Hokitika roadend. A long and overgrowing marked route (which DOC plans to re-cut) leads from J33 496023 / BV18 396 407 in Diedrichs Creek, up Gerhardt Spur to Gerhardt Bivouac (DOC, two bunks). The spur leads easily on to Jumble Top. To access the Diedrichs Range going south, descend from Gerhardt Bivvy to the forks at J33 552019 / BV19 453 403 and climb up the gully to the range beside Pt 1610 metres.
Mullins Creek
An old, intermittently maintained (by volunteers) track leads up to Mullins Hut from the Toaroha Valley. Mullins Creek enters the Toaroha about an hour up from Cedar Flat as a spectacular waterfall. Cross the bouldery river, okay in ordinary flow, and find the track start 50 metres downstream from the Mullins junction and about 30 metres up a small side creek on the true right of the creek. The track climbs and sidles into a side creek, goes up the creek for 20 metres, and then climbs out on the true right to a small scrubby ridge. Beyond, it sidles into a creek, goes up that for 50 metres, and then climbs out on the true right and follows a ridge over a knoll into Mullins Basin. The Diedrichs Range is accessible up slopes to the north-west of Mullins Hut, between two small creeks where scrub is minimal. Slopes above lead to the range near the basin saddle (where there is a cairn) between Pts 1610 and 1780 metres. To descend from Mt Ross to Mullins Hut, drop into the basin west of Pt 1251 metres and pick up tape in a creek at about J34 571989 / BV19 471 373 to avoid thick scrub on the spur.
Toaroha Saddle
A well-maintained track leads up to Toaroha Saddle and Toaroha Saddle Bivvy (DOC, two bunks) from the Toaroha and Mungo sides
Diedrichs Range traverse
From below Squall Peak, sidle through basins east of Jumble Top. Some looking around will be necessary to bypass bluffs, particularly on the south side of Jumble Creek but routes exist. The range itself at the top of this bluffline is also steep and exposed. An alternative bypass exists via upper Diedrichs Creek and a fork at 1140 metres, returning to the range just north of Pt 1610 metres. More detail can be found if needed on remotehuts.co.nz. So long as the weather is fine, the range is now easily traversed over Mt O’Connor to Pt 1718 metres. The range crest gets gnarly between here and Mt Ross but difficulties can be bypassed via Darby Creek. Either climb out of Darby Creek at the 1400-metre contour to reach the north-west ridge of Mt Ross at 1560 metres or go further down and climb up to Pt 1524 metres. From Mt Ross, descend along the tussock range to Toaroha Saddle, a natural place to finish the traverse. Bert Cropp, D Heinz (climbed Mt O’Connor from the Toaroha, the first known ascent), April 1935
Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club


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