Flood bypass track not usable
The Waimakariri River has changed course upstream of the Anti Crow River junction. This has effectively cut-off the upstream entrance to a section of marked track here in flood or high water conditions. To bash past this section requires the crossing of two slippery waterfall faces just metres above the swift river. In low water conditions follow the riverbed crossing the river as required.

Clough cableway removed
The Clough Cableway across the White River (Carrington hut) has been removed. The White River will only be crossable in low river flows.

Waimakariri Col

TIME : 2 - 3 Days

FEATURES : Permanent snow, spectacular waterfalls and rock faces, steep bouldery valleys - "Tiger country"!

MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20 (NZMS260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34)

ROUTE GUIDES : Sorry not available!


Alpine experience is essential to do this trip. Because of avalanche danger this trip is not suitable for winter or early spring. There is permanent snow year round so you will need ice axe and crampons. Beyond Waimakariri Falls Hut you will need navigation skills, experiene in alpine travel and judging avalanche danger.

The route down the Rolletston River is not maintained and may require a little "Bush-bashing" and some scrambling!


Carrington Hut: 36 bunks
Waimakariri Falls Hut: 4 bunks

Waimakariri Falls Hut
Waimakariri Col
Rolleston River Valley from Waimakariri Col

AdventureSmart - Tell someone where you are going!So you have an enjoyable and safe time for your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park, follow the Land Safety Code:

  • Choose the right trip
    • Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  • Understand the weather
    • It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.
  • Pack warm clothes and extra food
    • Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.
  • Share your plans and take ways to get help
    • Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.
  • Take care of yourself and each other
    • Eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

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