|Lake Matiri, a pleasant rest stop before the steep ascent to the plateau|
|The vast, tussock covered "1000-acre plateau"|
At the southern end of Kahurangi National Park, the "1,000 Acre Plateau" and "100 Acre Plateau" are the main features of the Matiri Range area.
These rolling tussock grasslands are fringed by steep limestone bluffs, creating a magic tabletop alpine world which houses one of the most dense alpine flora species area in New Zealand. A wide range of Hebes, Celmisias, Astelias, Dracophyllums, Gentians and many others grace the plateau.
Bird sightings may include kea, kaka and falcon. The hike commences in the Matiri Valley, near Murchison, with an easy walk to the hut at picturesque Lake Matiri, where we spend the first night. Next day is a steep climb on a rough track, which emerges on the fringe of the 1000 Acre Plateau. The climb passes through mixed beech - podocarp forest with some wonderful specimens of Dracophyllum traversii, mountain toatoa and Archeria traversii, to name but a few. From here we cross the tussocklands to Larrikens Creek Hut, nestling beneath the Haystack peak and 100 Acre Plateau.
Total walking time for our group, from Lake Matiri, is 8 to 9 hours at a slow pace so as to enjoy the scenery, flora and fauna.
Day 3 is spent exploring the area, and day 4 returning via Lake Matiri.
Fully serviced option:
Self catered option (minimum 4 persons):
4-7 persons, $750 pp
8-10 persons, $700 pp
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