Kirwans Hut via Montgomerie Hut, Victoria Forest Park

There’s something of a wild west feel to this rewarding two-night circuit in the South Island’s Victoria Forest Park, starting and finishing near the town of Reefton. The highlight…

Distance
36.8km
Time
Gannons Road bridge to Montgomerie Hut, 3-4hr; To Kirwans Hut, 4-5hr; To Capleston, 4hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Tara Tama, Westland

For all that, March provides a period when rivers are low, the weather is more settled and a little cooler for high, open tops travel. From SH73, the easy…

Time
2-3 days. Taipo Valley flats to Seven Mile Creek, 2hr; To Scottys Bivouac, 6-7hr; To Tara Tama 2-4hr; To Duns Creek Hut via Pt1612, 4hr; To Seven Mile Creek 4-5hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Dillons Homestead Hut, West Coast

I’ve been trying to put my finger on what it is that some modern huts lack, something that makes them cold of spirit, hard and unwelcoming. A trip to…

Distance
8.78km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Easy

Mt Wakefield, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

When most people visit Mt Cook Village for the first time, their attention is directed firstly at Mt Sefton, towering spectacularly overhead, then at the big guy, Aoraki/Mt Cook,…

Distance
5.87km
Time
9-12hr return
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Newton Range Bivouac via Mt Brown, Hokitika

Perched high above Lake Kaniere on the West Coast, Mt Brown Hut is a cosy four-bunker with sublime views to the Tasman Sea and the Hokitika mountains. If you…

Distance
22.9km
Time
Car park to Mt Brown Hut 3-4hr; Hut to Newton Range Biv, 5-9hr; Biv to car park, via Styx Valley, 6-8hr
Grade
Difficult

Arahura-Styx circuit, West Coast

This three-to-four day loop heads up the Arahura River and down the Styx River to the bottom end of Lake Kaniere. It’s a relaxed affair and a doable trip…

Distance
38.5km
Time
Road end to Lower Arahura Hut, 2.5-3.5hr; To Mudflats Hut, 4.5-5hr; To Grassy Flat Hut, 3-4hr; To road end, 4.5-5hr
Grade
Moderate

Scamper Torrent Hut, West Coast

Nestled in a beautiful basin on the lower slopes of the Smyth Range on the West Coast, Scamper Torrent is a four bunk Forest Service hut. Although infrequently visited,…

Distance
11.1km to hut
Time
Road end to Morgan Gorge Swing Bridge 4hr; Swingbridge to Scamper Torrent Hut 4hr
Grade
Difficult

Klondyke Valley Track, Victoria Forest Park

First steps are never easy. After a long, involuntary break from tramping, we were desperate to get back into the mountains. As we browsed our maps, Klondyke Valley Track…

Distance
4.56km to upper tarns
Time
4.5hr to upper tarns
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Kelly Range tarns, Arthur’s Pass National Park

A break in the storm Summer had not been good to us and we were itching to get out again. With one stormy weekend after the next, we had planned, attempted…

Distance
3.45km
Time
4-5hr toters
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Camp Creek Hut, West Coast

The pick of them Emerging from a tunnel of dense bush into a small clearing, I was expecting to see a dilapidated corrugated iron hut. But to my surprise,…

Distance
Camp Creek Hut, 3km; Pt1795, 6.05km
Time
Car park to Camp Creek Hut, 2.5hr; hut to Pt1795, 3-5hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Edison Glacier Camp, Hooker Landsborough Wilderness

Secreted in the wild heart of South Westland, the upper Edison River provides epic views of the Strachan Range and its outlying summits. Sheer-sided ridges, gorges, impenetrable subalpine scrub,…

Distance
24.8km
Time
Three days to campsite
Grade
Difficult

Toaroha-Kokatahi Circuit, West Coast

Start by heading up the Toaroha River to Cedar Flat Hut. From the hut, travel up the valley for a while longer, where the track passes through striking cedar…

Time
Road end to Cedar Flats Hut 3-4hr; Cedar Flats Hut to Adventure Ridge Biv, 3-4hr; Adventure Ridge Biv to Top Kokatahi Hut, 3-4hr; Top Kokatahi Hut to Crawford Junction Hut, 3-4hr; Crawford Junction Hut to BooBoo Hut, 6-7hr; Boo Boo Hut to Kokatahi Road end, 3-4hr (allow extra time in winter conditions)
Grade
Difficult

Rapid Creek Hut, Westland

Get ready for a real ride on this trip. Rapid Creek Hut can only be accessed via a cage attached to a flying fox – one person and pack…

Time
2-3hr each way
Grade
Easy

Arahura to Whitcombe Traverse, West Coast

For a classic backcountry hut-bagging trip, traverse the Arahura to the Whitcombe Rivers over Styx Saddle, Lathrop Saddle, the Toaroha Range, Toaroha Saddle and Frew Saddle. An ‘extended mix’…

Distance
86.6km
Time
7-9 days, but many options exist to shorten the trip
Grade
Difficult

Lake Morgan Hut via Cone Creek Hut, West Coast

Tarn-dotted tops on West Coast loop After browsing the Remote Huts website I grew intrigued by Cone Creek Hut, deep in the headwaters of the upper Ahaura catchment on the…

Distance
30.4km
Time
20-22hr
Grade
Difficult

Big River Hut, Victoria Forest Park

A worthwhile speculation A 1931 advertisement in The Dominion newspaper inviting readers to invest in Big River Goldmines Limited, described it as ‘a worthwhile speculation’. This was somewhat of…

Distance
24,6km
Time
Waiuta to Big River Hut, 4-5hr; Big River Hut to Inangahua River, 7-8hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Pororari River Track, West Coast

If you’re at Punakaiki and want to escape the crowds at Pancake Rocks, a short walk along the Pororari River Track will do the trick. The track passes through a...

Distance
6.06km return to Inland Pack Track
Time
2.5hr return to Inland Pack Track junction
Grade
Easy