Browning Range Bivouac

'If you're just about buggered, you're just about at Browning Biv'. The sign below the biv says it all: it's a tough steep climb up the track from the Styx Valley to this lovely alpine bivouac.

The Browning Range Bivouac (2 bunks, matresses, tank water) is a well cared-for alpine bivouac on the bushline overlooking the Styx Valley. The biv is well equiped, but as with most alpine biv's ahs no fire.

The biv is the half-way point from the valley floor to the Lathrop Saddle which cuts into the upper Crawford Valley. On a fine day this beautiful, tarn-studded hanging valley is a worthwhile day-trip from the biv.

It is also possible to continue over Lathrop Saddle into the Crawford and down the river to the Kokatahi roadend - which is only 3km along the road from the Styx roadend, thus making a good 2-3 day loop walk. Be warned though, the Crawford / Kokatahi valley tracks are getting overgrown in places.

Browning Range Bivouac • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 2
2
Facilities
None
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Styx Roadend (J33 596122): 16km - 14km from road along a benched, well maintained track, via Mid Styx Hut (5km) and Grassy Flats Hut (14km), then a 2km, 600m climb up a steep cut/marked track to the bivvy.

Kokatahi Roadend (J33 577110): 20km: poled alpine route from hut to Crawford Creek, then poorly maintained cut/marked track down the valley to road via Top Crawford Biv (3.5km, 2-4hrs), Top Crawford Hut (6km, 3.5-7hrs), Crawford Junction Hut(9.5km, 5-10hrs) and Booboo Hut (15km)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,100m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BV19
Map
ID 1999

About this hut

Added 17 June 2007 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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