Day Three: The Shearers Quarters to Whakapata Cottage

Degree of difficulty: moderate
Distance: 11 - 13kms - 3.5 - 4hrs

Begin your day ambling alongside the tranquil Oterei River. Upon reaching Bush Gate begin your climb through lush native flora, where over 50 species have been labelled. Take a one hour detour up “The Bugler “ if time and weather permit before emerging into open farmland once more to begin your final climb. Pass through the magnificent stand of “old man” Kowhai trees on your way to the ridge which will lead you back to your day one starting point, Whakapata Cottage - and the prospect of your return to the real world! Most groups are showered and ready to depart from Whakapata Cottage by 2 - 3pm.