The rugged Richmond Alpine Track is well marked but unformed in places. The summits are consistently above 1500m and the track has many steep, exposed sections and stream crossings.
It's only suitable for fit, experienced, and well-equipped trampers. But the landscapes are superb, amongst the very finest along Te Araroa.
Waiau Pass provides an extraordinary summer tramping experience. In winter and spring some sections are snowbound and avalanche prone.