Flood bypass track not usable
The Waimakariri River has changed course upstream of the Anti Crow River junction. This has effectively cut-off the upstream entrance to a section of marked track here in flood or high water conditions. To bash past this section requires the crossing of two slippery waterfall faces just metres above the swift river. In low water conditions follow the riverbed crossing the river as required.

Clough cableway removed
The Clough Cableway across the White River (Carrington hut) has been removed. The White River will only be crossable in low river flows.

Waimakariri Falls Hut

TIME : Highway 73 to Carrington Hut 4-6 hours,Carrington Hut- Waimakariri Falls Hut 4-6 hours

FEATURES : Outstanding alpine basin underneath the parks highest peaks.

MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20 (NZMS260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34)

ROUTE GUIDES : Sorry not available!


Because there are several swift rivers to cross you must have good river assessing skills. The track is poorly marked and the terrain difficult, however the route is straight-forward.


This return tramp starts at Klondyke Corner 10km from Arthur's Pass Village.


Carrington Hut (36 bunks)
Waimakariri Falls Hut (4 bunks)
Anti-Crow Hut (6 bunks)

Waimakariri Falls Hut
Waimakariri Col

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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