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Three Day Backpack- BP(3d2n) M 4E ( about half 3C) Suitable for well-equipped, fit and experienced backpackers.

Needs permission to cross private property from the owners of ‘Cheyenne’, and water needs to carried for Camp 1.

The feature of this walk is the opportunity for both and evening and a morning visit to The Cocks Comb.

There’ll be time for a visit to The Cocks Comb, and then there’s a bit of careful navigating north then east under the cliff face and down a fairly steep spur to the Macleay. After a bit of a break, it’s easy riverbank walking upstream to Blue Mountain Creek and a camp at the end of Granville Spur.

Day 3 starts with an leisurely doddle along to Hole Creek, and maybe a bit of a swim (there’s a good pool there ) before a long pull up the junction spur. The climb out gives great views across to Tabletop and up Blue Mountain Creek- and the view from the high point on Cheyenne is literally-you’ll see why- one to die for.

There’s a car shuttle of about 1 hour return between start and end- perhaps you can arrange a drop off/pickup if you are homestaying at Karori or Cheyenne. Try arranging a two-way radio call to the driver when you are approaching the end point.

Sections A, C, E, F, J1

Map section

Description Day 1

Maps: (RC) = “Rowleys Creek 9236-2-S; (W) = "Winterbourne 9236-2- N

Length

(km)

Walk time (min)

Actual time

A

KARORI GATE 0389620/83020, E.along easement, then thru fence toTTOPXROADS 0391669/82707 (Rowleys Creek map)

2.10

35


 

C

Tabletop Crossroads TTOPXROADS 0391669/6582707 on Tabletop Management Trail North to Tabletop Retreat Road Junct. TOPXHIDEA0392117/6588023

(part Rowleys Creek map- then all Winterbourne)

7.0

105


 

E Tabletop Retreat Road Junct. TTOPXHIDEA 0395447/6586908 to Oven Camp ridge turnoff OVENCRIDG7 0396338/658843703 2.00

35


 

F Oven Camp ridge turnoff OVENCRIDG7 0396338/6588437 to start Tabletop South Ridge TTOPSRIDG1 0396349/6589574 1.00

15


 

J1 From TTOPSRIDG1 96349/89575, climb ridge to TTOPSRID2 0396530/6589820, then contour/head slightly down to CCOMBSADDL 0396947/ 6590532 CAMP 1.20

60


 

The section between Tabletop and Cocks Comb Saddle is a bit tricky. Essentially, you need to stay in the narrow gap below the great boulders that have tumbled down from Tabletop on your left, and above the heads of the gullies that quickly deepen on your right. Follow the spur up Tabletop, and just when it begins to steepen at (W) 96500/89825, contour around to your right and slightly down to the 1010 metre contour, and follow it around to the saddle. A good GPS and a lot of waypoints will definitely help here. There’ll be time for an evening and morning visit to The Cocks Comb.

Map section

Description Day 2

Maps: "Winterbourne 9236-2- N” only

Length

(km)

Walk time (min)

Actual time

J2 CCOMBSADDL 0396947/ 6590532 via CCOMBHIGHP 0397150/ 6590700 ASL 1064 (leave packs) and down dragonsback to CCOMEAST 0397317/6590675

0.4

30


 

J2 variant

CCOMEAST 0397317/6590675 up dragonsback to COMBHIGHP 0397150/ 6590700 (pick up packs) 0.3

15


 

O variant

COMBHIGHP 0397150/ 6590700 down NNW via MACLCCOMB8 0397055/6590859 & wpts MACLCCOMB 7-2 to Macleay-Kero Spur junct MACLCCOMB1 0400575/6592725 ASL 240 5.3

180


 

R MACLCCOMB10400575/6592725 up Macleay to Blue Mountain Creek MACLEAYBMC 0399067/6594759 3.30

50


 

Q MACLEAYBMC 0399067/6594759 up Blue Mountain Creek to BMC+TTOPT2 0398822/ 6596075 (opp.Lorraines Pass) 2.10

40


 

U BMCTTOP2 0398823/6596075 ASL270 (opposite Lorraines Pass) to BMC-Postmans Junction BMC+POSTMA 0397876/96500 ASL270 1.8

30


 

V BMC+POSTMA 0397875/6596525 ASL270 upstream to BMC-Granville Spur BMCGRANCAM 0396243 /6596417 ASL 295 CAMP 2.7

40


 


 

Totals

15.9

385


 

More marvellous views from the Cocks Comb. A careful angle down from the high point (COMBHIGHP 0397150/ 6590700) will lead you onto the horsetrack, which(with a bit of care at spur junctions) takes you right down to the Macleay. There are views back to the Cocks Comb cliffs, and up the straight section of the Macleay to Blue Mountain Creek and beyond.

The river walking is a joy- big open banks, easy crossings, lots of interesting plants and long views. Blue Mountain is a very pretty creek, with good horsetrails and open flats. The Granville Spur camp is opposite a big pool, with a great overhanging cliff above it where you often see Brushtail Rock Wallabies.

Map section

Description Day 3

Maps: "Winterbourne 9236-2- N”only

Length

(km)

Walk time (min)

Actual time

W Granville Spur camp GRANVICAMP 0396244/6596418 ASL 295 upstream to Blue Mtn-Hole Creek junction BMC+HOLECK 0394286/6595257 ASL 320

3.3

60


 
Y BMC+HOLECK 0394285/ 6595256 ASL332 up to CHEYENNE 0391640/6591605 ASL 910 Private Property (Car shuttle?)

7.0

180


 

 

Totals

10.3

240


 

The first bit is easy walking with obvious crossings- you can keep you feet dry unless there’s been recent rain. Have a long break at Hole Creek - mostly there’s enough water in the junction pool for a good swim. The spur is very long, but as NE spurs go, very gradual. It’ll take about 2 litres of water on a moderate day, and much more on a hot one. Take your time-21/2 to 3 hours is good going to the gate. If you are staying at “Cheyenne’, you might arrange for a pickup here, and an easy ride to a hot shower!