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)
HOW HARD IS IT?
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
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