there's some good patches of open beech along the 'markers-only' track that heads up north of the Rivendell access road - I forget the name. Pretty steeeep though, and a bit of jungle to get to it...
Tell me more. Its not the Norbert Creek route is it?
Have done some work on the track network round "Rivendell" and the 2km loop track to the SW. Observed a few patches of passable forest from the track. Have hopes for an elevated terrace NW of the river junction (true right of Hutt River), but the flat areas on the true left are not passable. Still, I can envisage a useful two-zone map (the river forks, and the camping) connected by a 600m gallop along the pleasant track.
Norbert Creek? Rings a bell. Goes off one of the picnic clearings along the road if you've turned right rather than dropping left into the Rivendell carpark, and eventually comes out high on the access 4wd road into the water catchment area.
Sounds right. 300m climb to the 4WD road, is what you're describing lower down/closer? The 5m contours I generated run out before the top, seems to be a fairly narrow valley round the stream, possibly a bit of a sloping shelf 25m above stream level on the true left. Seems to be about 100m wide 300m long. Its a 35m climb to get onto it at the bottom.
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, yes, it's the offroad part of the Norbett loop that I'm thinking of. The beech from memory would be in the stretch where the route climbs away from the stream to the 4wd road ... who knows if there's more like it on the other spurs in that area...
Climbed 35m almost vertical from the stream onto the sloping shelf, which is nice though I didn't see anything which could have been a control feature. Passable area 140X90M. Then it became jungle and/or steep. 250m further climb to the 4WD on the ridge. Seen enough:-)) Drew a blank across the river too. There will be a few small patches to map alongside the tracks, that's all. Growth is extremely vigorous. May correlate with showers on both weekends when it was dry in Lower Hutt.