Minchin Pass - Townsend Crk
Warning: Casey Hut in the Poulter Valley has burnt down! Next available hut in the valley is the Trust-Poulter Hut about 5km upstream of the Casey Hut site; it only has 6 bunks! Carry a tent otherwise.
A report by DOC recommends not replacing the 48 year old Casey Hut that burnt down in the Poulter catchment late last year. The Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) and others are not comfortable with this decision and is seeking public feedback from club members and other Park users. Visit goo.gl/forms/R8u2HPu2CG to make your opinion known!
TIME : 3-4 days
FEATURES : Lake, alpine pass, steep gorge, beech fringed river valleys
MAP : NZTopo50: Moana BU20, Haupiri BU21, Cass BV21 (NZMS260: Dampier L33 and Otira K33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
Only do this tramp if the rivers are low and it is not raining!
You need excellent naviagation skills, patience and endurance. Experienced, fit trampers will find this route straightforward when the rivers (particularly Townsend Creek) are low. Townsend gorge is impassable in moderate- high river levels.
Casey Hut: 14 bunks
Trust Poulter Hut: 6 bunks
Minchin Biv: 2 bunks Free (OK shelter but not that nice)
Kiwi Hut: 6 bunks
So you have an enjoyable and safe time during your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park follow these 5 simple rules...
1. PLAN YOUR TRIP
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. TELL SOMEONE
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Visit the AdventureSmart Website to file an intentions form with someone you trust!
3. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Check out the Arthur's Pass Weather Forecast here.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
5. TAKE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures