Frew Saddle to Toaroha Saddle

Type: 
Alpine
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From Frew Saddle descend north-east into the tussock basin of the upper Hokitika River. Judicious
crossing will make travel quicker and easier, but it is also possible to stay on the true left and sidle
small bands of speargrass and scrub. About 100 metres before Steadman Creek, climb up to the north
on the true left over a tussock shoulder and, from here, markers sidle down valley to Bluff Hut (six
bunks, woodburner), rebuilt by DOC in 2009 a few hundred metres south of its old location on an
open shoulder.
A marked track leads from Bluff Hut steeply down to the Hokitika River just below its confluence
with the Mungo River, where DOC has built a new bridge to replace one destroyed a few years ago. A
good track then leads up the Mungo to Poet Hut, (four bunks, open fire). From the small flat at Poet
Hut, follow river boulders up to a gravel creek just before a slot gorge and pick up the track again. The
track sidles past the Poet Footbridge and later climbs up to Toaroha Saddle Bivvy.
Times : Frew Bivouac to Bluff Hut, 3 hrs ; Bluff Hut to Poet Hut, 3 ½ hrs ; Poet Hut to Toaroha
Saddle Bivvy, 2–3 hrs

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UUID: 
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