Saturday, 21 July 2007

'Wild Blueskin' feature: Rosella Ridge Track

Like Rocky Ridge track, this is quite challenging and requires some
little skill in route-finding and sense of direction. It is a six to
seven hour tramp and requires a good level of fitness.

From Waitati take the first left to the north of the Blueskin General
Store, Double Hill Road. Take special care on this gravel road: keep
to the left and be prepared for locals' vehicles. After approx. 7 km
from the turn-off, park on the right by pine trees about 200m past the
second DOC sign to 'Green Hut and Silverpeaks'.

Walk north until you see a sign on your left, 'To Possum Hut'. Go up
the rough clay track and turn left to commence an undulating walk down
'Hunters Access Track #1'. After half an hour you'll see a sign
hanging in the larches on your left, 'Possum Hut'. Ignore this and
carry straight on down into bush to the Waikouaiti stream. Move north
following markers which will guide you over several river-crossings.
After about half an hour you'll see a weathered sign hanging in the
bush, 'Rosella Spur'. A steep, narrow track leads steeply up through
manuka to join the main Rosella Ridge track at a well-marked junction.

Now follow a long undulating track along the ridge to the intersection
with the Green Hut/Pulpit Rock track. Turn left and you'll be back at
your car in about an hour. In summer take plenty of liquid, and in
winter, plenty of warm clothing, food, and drink. Carry a charged
cell-phone, first aid kit, and a sense of adventure.

by George Sutherland
Green Hut Track Group

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