Tararua Southern Crossing
Image: Eduardo Villouta Stengl | ©



The Southern Crossing is one of the four classic tramps of the Tararua Range.

The Southern Crossing is one of the four classic tramps of the Tararua Range.

Originally it was the route from Otaki Forks to the Wairarapa Plains (and in later years, the Kaitoke Basin). It was popularised during the 1920s and 30s by the Tararua Tramping Club and other clubs in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

Walking and tramping

3 days Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times. Other pets on conservation land rules.


Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Wellington/Kapiti information
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
About:   Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre provides visitor information for this area
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