Matukituki to Dart (Cascade Saddle) and Rees   

A great tramp from the Matukituki Valley over the Cascade Saddle to the Dart Valley, and then over the Rees Saddle to the Rees Valley. The crossing of Cascade Saddle should only be attempted in good conditions --- the climb from the Matukituki is steep, and can be treacherous with snow, and there are creek crossings before reaching the Dart hut that can be difficult with rain and melting snow. MAP

Time Total Refs Comments
Car Park to Aspiring Hut 2 hours 2 hours MN p.88 Farm road
Aspiring Hut to Dart Hut 10.5 hours 12.5 hours MN p.93 Steep track/marked route
Dart hut to Shelter Rock hut 5 hours 17.5 hours MN p.49 Good track (sometimes snowy)
Shelter Rock hut to Muddy creek 6 hours 23.5 hours MN p.55 Good track, boggy in places
MN = Moir's Guide North (2013) (available from DOC).
Blue text and thumbnails are links

To Aspiring hut

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From road Matukituki Governer's ridge

Aspiring hut to the Cascade Saddle and the Dart Valley

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Matukituki Aspiring Matukituki Waterfall Aspiring Mt Maori
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From tent Cascade Saddle Abyss Cataract Mt Edward Dart

Dart Valley to the Rees Valley

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Rees saddle Tarn Down Rees From campsite From campsite
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Side stream Earnslaw Rees Rees

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