Sawcut Gorge to Zoo Hut

  • 2 days return by the same track
  • Medium/hard

Stunning limestone gorges with amazing biodiversity.

Waima Gorge • By Laura & Adrian. Licence: C.
Sawcut Gorge to Zoo Hut: Key information
Walking time
2 days
11 hr – 12 hr
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Easy walk up Sawcut Gorge. Loose chalk gravel above Brian Boru Hut is not pleasant. Grades explained
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Sawcut Gorge to Zoo Hut: Find it
Blue Mountain Station
Blue Mountain Station

Blue Mountain to Isolation Hut (2 hrs): Easy wander up Waima and then Isoation Creek passing through Sawcut Gorge and admiring the limestone and the vegetation. Isolation Hut recently tidied up by DOC and now sleeps 6. White board at Blue Mountain station enables trampers to record their intentions to stay at the hut and if used will give an indication of numbers.

Waima River • By Laura & Adrian. Licence: C.

Isolation Hut to Brian Boru biv (1 hr 50 mins): Doc marked this track up through matai forest to saddle and down to the biv. Last section above the biv descends steeply over loose chalk scree. 

Brian Boru biv to Zoo Hut (1 hr 40 mins): Doc have marked this track all the way to the zoo. Track climbs initially through bush, drops down to side creek draining into Brian Boru Stream, then up again onto a farm track below Iwitahi Ridge finally dropping down to the hut in a clearing in bush adjacent to some old yards.

Note that public access ends at Zoo Hut. There is no access to Zoo Swamp. Hunters and active farming occur in the area.

ID 8952

About this track

Added 9 February 2014 by Laura & AdrianLaura & Adrian. 2 revisions, most recently 18 March 2016 by matthewmatthew.
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