Trails: Kauaeranga Valley Road end car park – take Kauaeranga Kauri Trail until the junction of Moss Creek Tramping Track and Webb Creek Track – Moss Creek Tramping Track – pass junction to Kauaeranga Gorge – pass junction to Mt Rowe summit – pass junction to Moss Creek back-country campsite – pass junction of Moss Creek Track and Rangihau Track – end of Moss Creek Track junction to Pinnacles Hut – Pinnacles Hut.
Note: Experienced tramper only! From the junction to kauaeranga gorge, Moss Creek Track climbs steeply until the junction to Mt Rowe. Then it becomes very boggy and slippery until end of track. Not recommended in any wet weather.
Car Park: Yes. Kauaeranga Valley Road road end car park. It’s about 130km 110 minutes drive from Auckland city center.
Public Toilet: Yes
Weather: Check Weather before you go!
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Total climbing: 1117 m
Total Time: 06:35:00
Total flat distance: 10.9 km, Climbing distance: 5.4 km, Descent distance: 3.9 km, Flat distance: 1.9 km, Maximum difference: 586 m, Final balance: 431 m
Difficulty Rating: 3.39 – M+
The “Total Time” is my time in Jan which includes morning tea time, lunch time and breaks. That day was cloudy and the track was very slippery and boggy. If you slow down to average 2.0 km/h plus 90 min stop then the total time will be around 7 hrs. DOC recommends 8 hrs.
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