Please Note: As a result of the work now underway the old Mingha Car Park and the old access track across the railway line to the Mingha and Edwards Valley has been closed off. A new temporary car park is being developed at the shingle pit area near the Bealey Rail Bridge. The new car park is off the main highway by the rail bridge. From the car park there will be a marked walking track across the railway line immediately adjacent to the rail bridge on to the causeway and then up the causeway to connect with the old track. Please be aware there is construction crews working in the same area as the new car park.
TIME : Mingha Junction - Edwards Hut 4-5 hours
FEATURES : Braided river bed, beech forest, waterfalls, possible Blue Duck sightings, alpine environment
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20 (NZMS260: Otira K33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
Cross the Bealey River (above the Mingha junction), then cross the Mingha and Edwards River (the Edwards runs parallel to the Mingha to the Bealey). The marked track starts on the large tussock flat. It climbs through beech forest before descending back to the Edwards River above its gorge.
From here it is Route Only, follow the riverbed until the East Edwards junction is met. Refind the marked trail about 200 metres upstream on the East Edwards from the junction. This trail bypasses the waterfalls of the Edwards upper gorge.
Not long before Edwards Hut the trail rejoins the river, again becoming Route Only, remnants of old trail lead to the Hut which is outside the treeline.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Walk for 1 hour from the Village, Pvt Car or Hitch-hike.
Edwards Hut: 14 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