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Kirwans Reward

  • Duration:2 - 3 days

A two or three day tramp starting from the end of Boatmans Road which turns off the SH69 12km North of Reefton. There is a steady six hour climb up a well formed pack track to the modern Kirwans Hut (12 bunk). For a view of a ruggedy beautiful part of the Victoria Range you can walk fifty minutes up a side track to the the top of the 1297m Kirwins Hill. The next morning you can either head back down the way you came or from the open-cast quartz mine workings near the hut, a steep descent partly follows the line of an old cableway to Lord Brassey stamper battery. From there a track desecnds to Montgomery Hut (six bunks) and a rough four-wheel-drive road leads to Gannons bridge on the Waitahu Valley road which meets the highway 5km North of Reefton. Need times for Kir to mont and then Mont to Kir carpark and Waitahu Bridge.

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