Home / Trips / Canterbury

Onslow Hut, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Onslow Hut. Photo: Paul Hersey
Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Onslow Hut (basic, four bunks)
From the Tasman Valley Road car park
GPX File
Onslow Hut (gpx, yo 10 KB)
Your device does not support GPX files. Please try a different device.

Access into the Murchison valley can be tricky as it involves crossing the Tasman Glacier. Appropriate care and equipment should be taken – and check the glacier conditions with DOC at Mt Cook Village before attempting to cross.

Take the marked track from the road end to just past Ball Shelter and then angle down the moraine wall onto the glacier. Strike out across the glacier, aiming for just above the northernmost lake and then enter the Murchison.

DOC recommends heading up the Murchison on the true right, but assess the situation as the moraine walls in the valley are prone to movement. You should reach Onlsow Hut within 8 hours.

Support Wilderness

Since 1991, Wilderness has had one simple goal: to help Kiwis ‘See more, do more, live more’ of New Zealand.

If you value our mission, please consider subscribing. As a loyal supporter, you’ll receive these benefits:

  • New Zealand’s best outdoor journalism We’ve won multiple awards for our journalism and magazine production.
  • NZ’s best trips. Browse more than 610 trips with downloadable maps and route notes.
  • Trustworthy gear reviews. Each month we review gear we’ve been bashing and thrashing for months so you can determine if its worth your money.
  • Member benefits. Our WildCard provides discounts at more than 20 partners throughout New Zealand.
  • Your support goes a long way. Your subscription will help us fund NZ’s best outdoor journalists and writers and ensure Wilderness will be there to inspire the next generation of outdoor Kiwis.

A subscription costs as little as $7.00/month for instant access to all articles, trips, gear reviews and gear guides.

View all our subscription options and join the club.

Already a subscriber? Login Now.