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Potts Hut, Hakatere Conservation Park

Walking a snow-laden Potts Hut Track. Photo: Carolyn Catt
Area
Hakatere Conservation Park
Distance
26.4km
Time
15-16hr round trip
Grade
Moderate
Accom.
Potts Hut (free, 10 bunks)
Access
From Potts River Bridge beneath Harpers Knob on the Hakatere Potts Rd
Map
BX18
GPX File
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From the Potts River Bridge, head up the hill for several kilometres until you can descend into the Potts River, having bypassed sections of gorge.

Once down in the river, it is a matter of making a few crossings until the hut is eventually reached. To make the trip a loop, take Potts Hut Track to the Dogs Range.

If time and weather are on your side, continue along the range until Mystery Lake and hut, but if you like you can take a short cut by dropping off the Dogs Range (as shown on the gpx file and map) west of the lake to join the Mystery Lake Track.

Once on Mystery Lake Track, around 200m above the Potts River, quick progress can be made back to the car park.