I’d come across a diagram of the climb while researching the route, and Rob had this handy to narrate the way for us as we went. Mount Hector 1,529m. Both of these are dominated by a central mountain peak: Arete in the north and Hector in the south. And we even knew them. Yet ten minutes of growing agony ensued as we were tricked into thinking the track began by an obvious clearing near the river. North King 1,535m, [6] In the 1820s the Muaupoko in turn were forced to flee to the ranges when under attack by the Ngāti Toa led by Te Rauparaha. It looks typically intimidating, until you see Rob Hawes walking up it looking like he’s on his way to the Remarkable Sweet Shop. South King 1,531m, So we opted to spend another night at our “high” camp, and this worked out perfectly. Tallest of the 1500's at 1571m, Mitre Peak provides some fun rock scrambling on the North-western approach to the summit. In 1881 36,000 acres of the Tararua Block, including key catchment areas for four rivers, was classified as State Forest, subject to protection. Mostly dryVery mild (max 10°C on Fri afternoon, min 2°C on Wed night)Winds increasing (light winds from the SW on Thu afternoon, severe gales from the WNW by Sat afternoon). An accident while sidling the Broken Axe Pinnacles prevented the group getting to Mt Holdsworth in a day as planned. Mark and I had to settle for watching the bush thrashing around as the little fella rushed off in a great panic. [14], A combination of steep terrain, dense bush, difficult river crossings and changeable winter weather conditions has caused over twenty-two tramping deaths in the Tararua Range since 1970, most recently one in June 2019. A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Mon night. Almost flat, relatively broad, but don’t peek over the edge. South Bannister 1,513m, He was cheered up though, by the playful seal peaking out at us from various rocky hiding places, as we waited for our boat ride back. Collection: TARARUAS Filter by. Other notable peaks in the range are Jumbo Peak (1405m) and Mount Holdsworth (1470m). Contrary to popular belief, there is a possum trapper’s campsite hidden on the other side of the river – but that’s only useful if you can survive the accompanying mass sandfly attack. [2] The summits of the ranges average between 1,300 and 1,500 metres in height. We reached our first goal of point 541. [8] European settlers, like their Māori counterparts, found the steep ridges and deep valleys of the Tararua Range difficult of access and intimidating in scale. [17] It frequently encounters adverse weather and is not regarded as a suitable event for inexperienced participants. Moderate rain (total 18mm) heaviest on Thu night, then becoming colder with a dusting of snow on Sun afternoon. Moderate rain (total 18mm), heaviest on Sun night.