Te Ao Whekere

(4 routes)

The second highest peak of the Seaward Kaikōura Range and a good winter climb.

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
2590m
Access: 

The shortest routes are from Happy Valley, and permission must be obtained to cross Puhi Peaks Station land.

Lat/Lon: 
-42.186127340000, 173.694897590000
NZMS260: 
O30 674 910
Topo50: 
BT27 574 293
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Jordan Stream Route 1
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Follow Jordan Stream to the major fork, and continue up the true left branch till at 700m where the stream swings west. Just upstream of the 700m contour, look for a scree that goes most of the way down to the true left branch, climb this onto the major spur running north-west. The spur levels at 1500m, where there are campsites, with water in the head of Range Stream. Continue to the tops surrounding the head of Happy Valley Stream, follow around the rim and north to the summit. A long but straightforward route.
Totaranui Route 1
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The major spur of the Jordan Stream Route can also be joined at around 1400m by following spurs from Totaranui Farm on Puhi Puhi Rd. The spur levels at 1500m, where there are campsites, with water in the head of Range Stream. Continue to the tops surrounding the head of Happy Valley Stream, follow around the rim and north to the summit. A long but straightforward route. Request permission from Brent Barber, phone 027 272 6315.
Happy Valley Route 1+
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Happy Valley is reached via Puhi Peaks Station and permission is required to cross their land. North of Kaikōura, turn off State Highway 1 into Puhi Puhi Rd, just across the Hapuku River bridge. The road ends at Puhi Peaks Station, and permission must be requested at least one week beforehand (Nicky McArthur, phone 03 319 3113) to proceed through privately owned freehold land. The building of a private lodge (Kaikoura Wilderness Experience) with hunting and tourist operations means that permission may be difficult to obtain. At a gate on a saddle overlooking Puhi Peaks Station, follow ridge-top fence lines west to point 1086m, then farm tracks which descend into Happy Valley. There is a good campsite on a tussock shelf (map ref O30 697 904 / BT27 597 287). Climb steep tussock and scree slopes above the campsite, or a rocky rib slightly downstream, to a scree spur, and sidle into the large basin east of the summit. Alternatively, continue up to the head of Happy Valley Stream, and climb scree northwards, crossing a spur falling from point 2430m, and easy slopes to the summit. This is also a good descent route.
HR Haycock Ridge
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A remote and very long route from the Waiau Toa Clarence valley. The start of the ridge at Haycock Saddle can be reached in two ways. One is from the end of the 4WD track at Stony Flat on the south bank of the Waiau Toa Clarence River (55 km from Kahutara Bridge on the Inland Kaikoura Road). The alternative is from the lower Waiau Toa Clarence, via George Saddle and then up Jam Stream. A rocky tower at 2130m is the main obstacle.
Attribution: 
Ben Winnubst Shaun Barnett/ Black Robin Photograhy.
UUID: 
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