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 www.occasionalclimber.co.nz

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.