Pelion to Kia Ora
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   3 h to 4 h

8.5 km
oneway

Climb: 338m
Descent: 325m

Very challenging
Starting from Pelion Hut this walk gently climbs through the rainforest to Pelion Gap plateau with some very short side trips to some lovely cascades. If you have spare time and favourable weather you can opt for the side trip to Mt Ossa or Mt Pelion East. From the gap wander down through Pinestone Valley with stunning views of Cathedral Mountain to your left, before reaching the peaceful and sheltered Kia Ora hut, camping area and cascades. 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 New Pelion Hut at the start.
After 25 m pass the "New Pelion Hut Toilets" (on your right).
Veer right
After another 90 m veer right.

After another 85 m continue straight.
Side trip to Douglas Creek waterfalls. Details near bottom of page.
Continue straight
After another 1.5 km continue straight.
Side trip to upper Douglas Creek waterfalls. Details near bottom of page.
Continue straight
After another 55 m continue straight.
Side trip to the top of Mt Pelion East. Significant exposed rock scramble to the summit. Requires clear weather and around 2 hours for the return trip. Details near bottom of page.
Side trip to the top of Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest peak. You will need 4-5 hours of daylight to the summit and return to Pelion Gap. Exposed rock scramble to reach the summit, very slippery in wet conditions, requires clear weather. Details near bottom of page.
Continue straight
After another 2.7 km (Pelion Gap) continue straight.

After another 1.5 km cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Continue straight
After another 2.1 km continue straight.

After another 450 m come to "Kia Ora Hut group camping platforms".
Continue straight
After another 10 m continue straight.
The end
After another 8 m come to the end.

"Kia Ora Hut public camping platform".

"Kia Ora Hut".
About 65 m past the end is "Kia Ora Hut toilets".
About 90 m past the end is "Kia Ora Falls".

Side trip to Douglas Creek waterfalls. Side trip to Douglas Creek waterfalls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After another 25 m come to a waterfall.
The end
The end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 25 m to the main route.

Side trip to upper Douglas Creek waterfalls. Side trip to upper Douglas Creek waterfalls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After another 35 m come to a waterfall.
The end
The end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.

Side trip to the top of Mt Pelion East. Significant exposed rock scramble to the summit. Requires clear weather and around 2 hours for the return trip. Side trip to the top of Mt Pelion East. Significant exposed rock scramble to the summit. Requires clear weather and around 2 hours for the return trip.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Pelion Gap Start (a walking track).
The end
Continue another 1.3 km to find Mount Pelion East at the end.

"Mount Pelion East".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.3 km to the main route.

Side trip to the top of Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest peak. You will need 4-5 hours of daylight to the summit and return to Pelion Gap. Exposed rock scramble to reach the summit, very slippery in wet conditions, requires clear weather.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Pelion Gap Start (a walking track).

After 1.2 km pass the "Mount Doris" (140 m on your right).
Continue another 1.5 km to find Mount Ossa at the end.
"Mount Ossa".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2.7 km to the main route.