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)

Minchin Pass - Townsend Creek (1.5MB)
Andrews - Poulter route (Not available!)


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: 12 bunks
Trust Poulter Hut: 6 bunks
Minchin Biv: 2 bunks Free (OK shelter but not that nice)
Kiwi Hut: 6 bunks

Lake Minchin
Minchin Biv
Townsend Creek

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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