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Forgotten foray

Marie and Mike stroll along the Raglan Ranges. Photo: Ray Salisbury
Area
Leatham Conservation Area, Raglan Range
Distance
57.9km
Total Ascent
3932m
Time
30-35hr
Grade
Difficult
Accom.
Mid Silverstream Hut ($5, five bunks); Bull Paddock Stream Biv (free, two bunks); Lost Stream Biv (free, two bunks); Siberia Hut ($5, six bunks); Greigs Hut ($5, 15 bunks)
Access
Leatham Road, off SH63 (note: the road beyond Leatham Ford requires a 4WD)
Map
BS25, BR25
Ray Salisbury recalls a route around the Raglan Ranges in southern Marlborough

THE EXTENSIVE HILL country of southern Marlborough is frequented by few, mainly just hardy hunters. The Raglan Ranges are really the ugly sister of the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park, further to the west. But for those adventurous souls seeking solace, or challenging new terrain, this neck of the woods is worth a look.

Friends from a local tramping club had explored this region five years previously, and I joined them on their repeat journey – a four-day circuit of Scotts Knob, which promised tops travel interspersed with valley tracks, plus a smattering of remote huts I could add to my list.

It was a moody morning when we arrived at the Leatham River for a bone-rattling ride over the slimy boulders. Our trusty 4WD was up to...

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