The track zigzags uphill through an attractive remnant of mixed beech/podocarp forest. Native ferns grow on the damp shady slopes of this area. The track emerges from the forest onto an open bracken and broom covered slope. Continue the zigzag climb to the skyline. The main rivers that can be seen from here are the Matakitaki which flows from Nelson Lakes National Park to join the Buller River west of Murchison; the Matiri which can be seen flowing from the mountains of Kahurangi National Park in the north. The biggest river seen is the Buller which eventually flows into a gorge — perhaps the most scenic gorge in New Zealand. The road to Westport follows the Buller River to the sea.
1 ½ return