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!
TIME : 2-3 days
FEATURES : A rugged, steep, gorge, alpine tops, hot springs (maybe!)
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Cass BV21, Moana BU20, Haupiri BU21 (NZMS260: Otira K33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
Not recommended unless you're looking for a long sidle through thick bush by a track which is overgrown and fallen away. Each kilometre may take you 1-2 hours through this wilderness area. This route is the hardest tramp in Arthur's Pass National Park! It is very beautiful!
Edwards Hut: 14 bunks
Otehake 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