Kia Ora to Windy Ridge

3 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min

9.5 km
oneway segment

↑ 370 m
↓ -352 m

Hard track
Starting from Kia Ora Hut and the bubbling cascades you will explore the dense rainforest as you want to the historic Du Cane Hut. Not too far past the Du Cane Hut you a very worthwhile side trips to D’Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett Falls. These are spectacular waterfalls in the dense rainforest and a great place for lunch. Then the track climbs up towards Du Cane Gap and then steeply leads down to the large Bert Nichols Hut and camping area at Windy Ridge. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Segment This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
Full Journey The Overland Track
Start (-41.8920618,146.0815091)
Finish (-41.9320868,146.0890632)
Mode (end)
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Kia Ora Hut at the start.
After 80 m pass the "Kia Ora Falls" (on your left).
After another 360 m continue straight.
After another 2.2 km pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the "Du Cane Hut" (on your right).
After another 9 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.7 km turn sharp right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.1 km turn right.
After another 4 km continue straight.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
About 45 m past the end is a camp site.
The end.
About 20 m past the end is "Bert Nichols Hut".
About 60 m past the end is a toilet.

Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to "Dalton Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 380 m to the main route.

Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 270 m turn right.
After another 160 m come to "Fergusson Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 430 m to the main route.

Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 700 m come to "Hartnett Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 700 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Kia Ora to Windy Ridge


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 9.5 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 9.6 km from the start.

Shelter: There is one 2.6 km from the start.

Hut: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.2 km apart with the largest gap of 9.6 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.2 km apart with the largest gap of 7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Hut
9 mKia Ora Hut
Toilet
2.6 km[toilet]
Shelter
2.6 kmDu Cane Hut
Camp site
9.6 km[camp site]
Hut
9.6 kmBert Nichols Hut
Toilet
9.6 km[toilet]
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