Ruahine tops  Curves with teeth

A four day tops circuit across some of the highest peaks of the Ruahine (March 2017).

In New Zealand geological terms the Ruahine ranges form the highest portion of the range running north-east to south-west for 100kms down the north Island to the Manawatu Gorge, at which point the Tararua ranges begin. As a Wellingtonian I’ve been many times into the nearby Tararua ranges, but the Ruahines to the north are much less familiar to me. My main experience in there had been a solo winter climb a couple of years ago to Mangaweka, the highest point of the range. On that trip I encountered much more gentle terrain than what I was used to further south in the Tararua.

For a route map and more images

Peter Laurenson is a member of the Wellington section of the New Zealand Alpine Club.

His website has a lots of resources for outdoor photographers, as well as route maps and more photos.