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1000Acres Plateau and Haystack

Kahurangi National Park

Grade: Fit

Event Status: Programme

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From Thursday 17 February 2022
To Sunday 20 February 2022

Cost: $

Trip Leader:
Astrid Brauksiepe

Astrid Brauksiepe

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Phone: 021 252 0877, 03 927 6203
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Best to start on Thursday evening after work, around 5pm from Richmind, drive to Matiri Road end (1 3/4 hrs) and walk into Lake Matiri Hut (standard, 8 bunks), 1- 1 1/2 hrs.

Friday climb up to Larrikin Creek Hut, 6 hrs, partly steep! Explore the plateau for the rest of the day, or climb Mt Misery.

(For people who can't leave on Thursday night, they could leave early on Friday and meet us at Larrinkin Hut)

Stay 2 nights at Larrikin Hut. On Saturday, we'll explore the plateau and haystack.

Walk back out and drive home on Sunday.

DoC info:

"The hut is a good base for exploring the striking landscape features of the Devils Dining Table (or the Hundred Acre Plateau as it is also known) and the mudstone peaks of The Needle and The Haystack. To reach the Hundred Acre Plateau climb the bushy gully to the north of the hut to a tussock basin with tarns. Sidle west out of the basin onto the plateau. On the western rim is a bump called Mt Misery. Its a good vantage point to survey the vast Mokihinui watershed to the west. The Needle can be climbed either from the plateau or by continuing to the ridge above the tarns. Spectacular views of the Matiri plateau, Mokihinui watershed and the broken limestone Matiri Range are the reward. For the agile a ridge traverse is possible from The Needle to The Haystack although there are some scrambly notches on the narrow ridge and should only be attempted with good visibility."

I am intending to combine both trips, the Needle and the Hackstack into a long day loop,  from Larrikin Hut, on Saturday.

We'll need to carry some tents/mats, as Larrikin has only 4 bunks

See link for a good report and pix:


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Registrations close 2022-02-15 00:00, Number Registered: 0 , Trip Capacity: 10