Hawdon Hut

NOTE: The new Hawdon Hut is located about 1km further upstream from the old Hawdon Hut site, just above the junction of Discovery Stream.

TIME : Hawdon Shelter - New Hawdon Hut 3.5-4 hours

FEATURES : Braided river bed, beech forest, day trip to Walker Pass

MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Cass BV21 (NZMS260: Otira K33)

ROUTE GUIDES : Edwards River - Hawdon River (1.7MB)


The route up the riverbed to the Hawdon Hut is not marked, but is straight-forward. The Hawdon River can rise quickly after heavy rain so always be prepared to wait an extra day should the river be flowing high, or flooding.


Hawdon Hut: 20 bunks

Hawdon Hut
Walker Pass

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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