Mahu Whenua Traverse
The land contained within the Mahu Whenua Convenants offers a unique opportunity to establish a world-class, alpine traverse – the likes of which does not currently exist in the Southern Hemisphere. Such routes are popular in Europe (e.g. Haute Route) and North America (Wapta Traverse) and provide a “once in a life time” experience of staying in high mountain huts away from human complexity.
The traverse runs along the backbone of the Harris Mountains – the terrain here is particularly suited to backcountry skiing as it offers enough excitement without excessive risk from steep country and glacier travel. It is also relatively accessible, with ski-field roads providing access at both ends. The route traverses Coronet Peak Station (about 70% of its length) and Public Conservation Land, serviced by 5 huts which are all positioned on Coronet Peak Station.
Establishing a series of huts along this traverse provides opportunities to people with a broad range of abilities. With the established 5 huts, adventurers will never be too far from safe shelter should weather conditions deteriorate.
Listing the huts north to south: