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Taranaki exploration ideas

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The two ends of what
used to be the Pyramid Route.
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In the past I’ve dropped a few references [3] to the various tracks around Egmont National Park which have been ‘closed’ (in official terms) in relatively recent times. Reasons have generally ranged between erosion and lack of maintenance.

Here are a couple of recently-posted trip reports (not mine) on zoneblue.org [4], covering a couple of them.

Note that these are not (any longer) officially maintained tracks of the Department of Conservation. You really do need to take sensible precautions and have the appropriate skills if you wish to investigate. Especially the Pyramid Route. The first of these, in particular, is most definitely not a beginner experience. If you stumble on orange triangles on either of these routes it’ll be purely coincidental.

I just appreciate seeing information about them.

I should add that it’s also a slightly contentious point to talk about this. DOC in Taranaki has had issues [5] with people unofficially retaining old tracks.

The Pyramid Route [6]: The high track above Pyramid Stream, between Holly Hut and Kahui Hut, has suffered substantial damage in recent years due to erosion around several of the waterways which it crosses. Eventually, DOC decided to stop officially maintaining it, although the route still appears on some older maps.

The Kiri Track [7]: Contrary to the sketchy information shown on modern LINZ maps, it’s very possible to get to Pouakai Peak via Kiri Peak, from Carrington Road. One of these tracks is the Kiri Track, but there’s really a network of multiple tracks up that side thanks to maintenance from a combination of the New Plymouth Tramping Club [8] and some goat hunters. I assume it’s okay to note this association, given the NPTC’s President reported its track maintenance efforts to Radio NZ [9] a few months ago.

It’s certainly given me a few ideas of things to check out in the park, next time I have an opportunity.

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#1 Comment By Ian McAlpine On 28 June, 2016 @ 11:48 am

We travelled the Pyramid Track from west to Holly Hut Track a few years ago. Took along time as the track very overgrown at the time. Other that, and the fact that DoC took bridges out across Holly Flat, the erosion at the top end hadn’t changed much in the past few years

#2 Comment By Mike McGavin On 28 June, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

Hi Ian. Thanks for the info.

#3 Comment By Ian McAlpine On 29 June, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

Hi Mike,
Since we traveled there I here the erosion at the top end has traveled up hill somewhat but still ok to past. As one of the track cutter on the track maybe the last to do so, reasons for closing it was the difficulties of keep it clear and the fact it would take people into a remote alpine regions on a tramping track.

#4 Comment By Mike McGavin On 29 June, 2016 @ 4:49 pm

Thanks. It does sound like an interesting target for some carefully considered exploration in future.

I’d certainly agree (I think) that DOC in Taranaki does seem to take more of a shepherding approach to its visitors than DOC in some other parts of the country. Compared with places like the Tararua and Ruahine, when I’ve visited Egmont National Park I’ve often felt as if there’s a strong emphasis on suggesting to people that the tracks DOC provides are the only places anyone should be (which is of course completely false in the legal sense).