Wintery conditions on tramps
Tramps that head over high altitude ground now have fresh snow and ice! Alpine experience is necessary. Iceaxe & crampons should be carried!
New Casey Hut
The new Casey Hut (Serviced 12 bunk) is now open. It is located about 600m east of the original position, on a terrace overlooking the Poulter River. It appears it has been quite busy since opening - carry a tent until the "enthusiasm" subsides!
Otira Flood Track
The "Otira flood track" from the Taramakau to the Deception River (Morrison foot-bridge) is basically unmaintained, it has landslide area, fallen trees, and can be overgrown in parts, if the Otira River is high it is also dangerous to traverse - again absolute care and good decision making is essential!
Minchin Pass - Townsend Crk
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