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Rata Ridge access to Mt Ferguson and the Wilberg tops

Located on

  • P1

Turn off SH6 along Poerua Valley road. Seek permission from the farmer here, (Keith McKenzie- NOW HIS SON) before continuing along a bulldozed road until overlooking Rata Creek, about 200m up from the river. Cross and pick up the old hunters track which climbs onto a terrace in the bush before heading up the spur on the true left of Rata Creek over pt 469m. The track is only intermittently maintained, and may not be found till some distance up the hill. This is a long climb to bushline, and in the top section the narrow ridge is a little overgrown with flax and scrub. The track finishes at bushline on the straight spur west of Mt Ferguson. The tops offer good tussock travel over Mt Ferguson through occasional rock outcrops to the main Wilberg Range at pt 1665m. There are tarn campsites at pt 1486m. Time: Road to Mt Ferguson, 6 hrs.