31 August 2017. We’d hoped to ski at Ohau, but a northwester was bringing thick cloud to the Ohau range. So we thought we’d visit the peak on the other side of the valley – Ben Ohau. It’s the rightmost peak in the photo; taken a few days earlier from the western shores of Lake Ohau (in finer weather).
Our route followed old farm tracks that zigzag up the slopes of Ben Ohau, over a shoulder on the northern side, then descending on the eastern side before a big loop that follows Greta Stream back to the start point on the eastern shore of the lake. It’s a DOC managed track in the Ruataniwha Conservation Area, though admittedly one with minimal signage and other infrastructure.
The first 5km of so is an unrelenting climb of nearly 1000m. Lots of grunting and little conversation … Perfect uphill running training!
Then come a somewhat glorious 12km descent. Initially though wide-open tussock…
The track then drops down to follow the stream.
Which enters a small but spectacular gorge.
The vegetation looks uniform… But actually is highly diverse.
A lovely day’s outing. Recommended!