|I (Tom) went for a four-day tramp in the central Ruahines. I had four days of perfect weather and saw two groups of deer, a NZ falcon, Taranaki, heard Kiwi (might have been possums) and didn't see another person the whole time.
Day 1: Rangiwahia road-end to Triangle hut. Very different to last time we were here!
Day 2: From Triangle hut up the ridge to Te Hekenga. There was an overgrown path cut through the leatherwood on the ridgeline (fortunately). It's easy to get to Te Hekenga summit from here, but to get past it sidle along a deer track on the south side 80m below the summit. From here I tramped along Sawtooth (third time lucky!--we've tried to do it from Howlett's hut twice before and failed) then along to Tarn Biv (awesome bivvy, great view from the toilet!)
Day 3: From Tarn Biv I climbed back to Ohuinga then along to Iron Peg and Mangaweka (the highest point in the Ruahines at 1731m) before descending to Kelly Knight hut
Day 4: From Kelly Knight hut I climbed back up to Pourangaki and Maungamahue then descended down past Rangi hut, just as the cloud rolled in.