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Paske Hut via Rainbow Valley, Rainbow Conservation Area

Paske Hut and Paske Valley Photo: Shaun Barnett/Black Robin Photography
Distance
17.4km
Total Ascent
616m
Time
5-6hr
Grade
Moderate
Accom.
Paske Hut, 6 bunks/$5
Access
Lake Tennyson Campsite, St James Conservation Area
Map
BS24, BS25
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This is the easiest route into Paske Hut as it involves no high climbs, however a high clearance 4WD vehicle is required to reach the Rainbow River along the Wairau-Hanmer Springs Hydro Road. There is also a locked gate near Coldwater Creek which is open from December 26 to Easter each year, however a toll fee of $25 per vehicle is charged. Once at the Rainbow a 4WD track and later a tramping track leads into Paske, taking about half a day. At least one ford of the Rainbow is required.