Between Te Matawai and Arete Huts
Image: Bev Bacon | DOC



The Northern Crossing is an unmarked track that links the Ōhau and Waingawa catchments in Tararua Forest Park and is one of four classic tramps in the park.

Walking and tramping

3 – 5 days Expert: Route

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times. Other pets on conservation land rules.

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Wellington/Kapiti information
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
About:   Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre provides visitor information for this area
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