New Hawdon Hut
NOTE: The new Hawdon Hut is located about 1km further upstream from the old Hawdon Hut site, just above the junction of Discovery Stream.
TIME : Hawdon Shelter - New Hawdon Hut 3.5-4 hours
FEATURES : Braided river bed, beech forest, day trip to Walker Pass
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Cass BV21 (NZMS260: Otira K33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
The route up the riverbed to the Hawdon Hut is not marked, but is straight-forward. The Hawdon River can rise quickly after heavy rain so always be prepared to wait an extra day should the river be flowing high, or flooding.
Hawdon Hut: 20 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