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Becketts Hut, Takitimu Conservation Area

The track emerges from the forest into a tussock-filled Waterloo Burn. Photo: Megan Walker
Southern tussock at its finest

IF YOU HAVE a taste for tussock and classic remote huts, a jaunt to Becketts Hut in the Takitimus will be right up your alley. It’s an ideal weekend getaway if you’re in the southern reaches of the country, and will almost certainly give you a sense of solitude if you’re after some peace and quiet.

Our trip into the Takitimus was a fortuitous plan B; we were forced off an epic due to weather, and the Takis were the driest part of the South Island for our weekend tramping aspirations. The Takitimu Conservation Area is just south of Te Anau and, with 12 huts and a plethora of tracks to explore, is a perfect stomping ground to get away from the crowds.

The Takitimu Mountains is named after the ancient Maori migration waka, known as Takitimu....

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