Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
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   3 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min

9.5 km
oneway

Climb: 370m
Descent: 352m

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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Start
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).
Shelter
After another 25 m pass the "Du Cane Hut" (on your right).

After another 9 m veer left.
Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River. Details near bottom of page.
Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River. Details near bottom of page.
Turn sharp right
After another 1.7 km turn sharp right.
Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls. Details near bottom of page.
Turn right
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
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. Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River.
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Start
Start.

After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to "Dalton Falls".
The end
The end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 380 m to the main route.

Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River. Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After another 270 m turn right.
After another 160 m come to "Fergusson Falls".
The end
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. Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After another 700 m come to "Hartnett Falls".
The end
The end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 700 m to the main route.