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Scottys Saddle Jan 2010

Scottys Saddle Jan 2010

You can see this saddle from Scottys biv. It is about a 20 - 30 minute climb to the west.   More ▶︎
Scottys biv Jan 2010

Scottys biv Jan 2010

A seldom walked to biv in a nice spot in the head basin of Scottys Creek a Taipo River tributary. ...   More ▶︎
Scottys biv

Scottys biv

A seldom walked to biv in a nice spot in the head basin of Scottys Creek a Taipo River tributary. ...   More ▶︎
Kellys Range & beyond from Kellys Hill July 2011

Kellys Range & beyond from Kellys Hill July 2011

This pic looking SW from Kellys Hill was taken before this weeks heavy snowfalls. The dip in the foreground is ...   More ▶︎
View south from Mt Tara Tama

View south from Mt Tara Tama

This photo shows a large expanse of Westland back country and some peaks on the Canterbury side of the main ...   More ▶︎
Griffin Crk

Griffin Crk

This is the track!   More ▶︎
Blue duck

Blue duck

Morning outside Griffin Creek Hut.   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek - Rocky Creek

Griffin Creek - Rocky Creek

An isolated circuit west of Arthur's Pass along lightly used tracks and rocky riverbeds that are home to blue ducks.   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek Hut

Griffin Creek Hut

A small but lovingly maintained DOC hut in an isolated valley that is home to a number of blue ducks. ...   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek Hut

Griffin Creek Hut

This homely hut is well maintained but not often visited.   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek hut August 2010

Griffin Creek hut August 2010

Here is another pic of the hut but this one shows Razorback Ridge in the headwaters of Griffin Creek as ...   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek

Griffin Creek

The route in to Griffin Creek Hut from the highway.   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek

Griffin Creek

Griffin Creek is whio country.   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek Hut

Griffin Creek Hut

Yes I am sure this is the track.. I think.....   More ▶︎
Newton Saddle

Newton Saddle

Newton Saddle between Dunns Creek (hut) and Newton Creek (hut), Westland   More ▶︎
Rocky Creek Biv

Rocky Creek Biv

A little hut situated on a discreet terrace.   More ▶︎
Rocky Creek / Griffin Creek

Rocky Creek / Griffin Creek

2 day circuit in luxurious west coast bush with short above the bushline tussock section. 2 huts, Griffin Hut is ...   More ▶︎
Rocky Creek Bivvy

Rocky Creek Bivvy

Located on a small forested flat on Rocky Creek, north of the Tara Tama Range. This hut is very easily ...   More ▶︎
Griffin Tops

Griffin Tops

Looking along the tops toward Mt.Griffin. The Serpentine mine is in view below the top of Mt.Griffin. West of Arthurs Pass NP   More ▶︎
Faultline on Mt Olson May 2013

Faultline on Mt Olson May 2013

This picture shows a fault line on the eastern side of Mt Olson (1603m) Mt Olson is a hill in ...   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek

Dunns Creek

Dunns Creek, rough scrub on the ascent to Newton Saddle   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut (4 bunks, stove, limited dry firewood, tank & creek water, mattresses). The hut sits at the back ...   More ▶︎
Relic from Griffin Range Serpentine Mine May 2010

Relic from Griffin Range Serpentine Mine May 2010

This pic was taken at the old mine area where there are lots of relics. The perspective is looking NE ...   More ▶︎
Griffin Range

Griffin Range

A traverse of undulating tops to the summit of Mount Griffin. Good camping next to pretty tarns, striking cliffs, and ...   More ▶︎

Picton to Aspiring

An aborted alpine traverse. Picton to West Cape, but aborted at Aspiring due to real world emergencies back home. Posted ...   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns creek Hut, Westland   More ▶︎
Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 2)

Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 2)

One possible route down the main divide from Otira on the Arthur's Pass road to Mt Cook Village. Otira Hotel ...   More ▶︎
Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)

Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)

One possible route down the main divide from Otira on the Arthur's Pass road to Mt Cook Village. Otira Hotel to ...   More ▶︎
McInerney tops

McInerney tops

This photo shows from Rocky Saddle through to the northern end of the McInerney tops with the Hohonu Range beyond ...   More ▶︎
Head of Griffin Creek July 2011

Head of Griffin Creek July 2011

This pic was taken a few minutes along the Griffin Range route from the turnoff from the Harrington Creek - ...   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut

The marshes in the mid-reaches of Dunns Creek. Dunns Creek Hut is visi ble on the right: a wet spot!   More ▶︎
View from Dunns Creek Hut

View from Dunns Creek Hut

View from Dunns Creek Hut, early evening in April.   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut, early evening in April.   More ▶︎
Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut

Mid Taipo Hut to Dunns Creek Hut

The more direct route from Mid Taipo to Dunns Creek, the alternative to heading all the way up Dunns Ck ...   More ▶︎
Newton Creek Hut from Arahura Pack track

Newton Creek Hut from Arahura Pack track

Formerly overgrown forest service track that could have led to underuse of lovely hut in magical setting.   More ▶︎
Newton Creek hut Dec 2011

Newton Creek hut Dec 2011

This view of the hut looks SW. The hill in the background is Mt Newton which is on the opposite ...   More ▶︎
Newton Creek Hut

Newton Creek Hut

Newton Creek Hut, Westland   More ▶︎
Newton Creek Hut

Newton Creek Hut

Newton Creek Hut (4 bunk, mattresses, stove, firewood, water) is a pleasant forestry hut beside Newton creek. It's drier and ...   More ▶︎
A tarn on Griffin Tops

A tarn on Griffin Tops

On a shelf below Wilson's Knob 1291m, the southern side of Griffin Tops. We didn't bring the Steripen so maybe ...   More ▶︎
A closer view of the serpentine Mine

A closer view of the serpentine Mine

Perhaps a scar on the landscape but a point of interest all the same. Griffin Tops is perhaps a place ...   More ▶︎
Ascent to Dunns Creek Hut

Ascent to Dunns Creek Hut

On reaching the waterfalls in Dunns Creek, this slip on the true left must be climbed for 100m or-so before ...   More ▶︎
Mount Griffin (1516m)

Mount Griffin (1516m)

The Alpine Fault passes along the northern foot of the Griffin Range, resulting in cliffs that reach up to the ...   More ▶︎
Negotiating treefall - Griffin Tops track

Negotiating treefall - Griffin Tops track

It's familiar, but climbing over on the return. Took a way around on the ascent.   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek

Dunns Creek

The lower Dunns Creek ascending from the Taipo to Dunns Creek Hut   More ▶︎
Tops route between Lower & Top Olderog bivs Jan 2010

Tops route between Lower & Top Olderog bivs Jan 2010

This pic was taken from the summit of the McArthur Crags. The ridge running NE away from the viewers eye ...   More ▶︎
Top Olderog biv Jan 2010

Top Olderog biv Jan 2010

This biv is located on the TR in the headwaters of the main branch of Olderog Creek. It is well ...   More ▶︎
Top Olderog biv

Top Olderog biv

This biv was built by the NZFS in 1971. It is located on the TR in the headwaters of the ...   More ▶︎
Arahura River & swingbridge

Arahura River & swingbridge

The swingbridge over the Arahura on the track to Newton Creek Hut.   More ▶︎
Newton Creek Hut from Arahura Pack track

Newton Creek Hut from Arahura Pack track

Former forest service track that was left to overgrow and suffered further damage from snow loading in winter of 2008. Fortunately ...   More ▶︎
Mid Taipo hut June 2009

Mid Taipo hut June 2009

An ex NZFS hut that was built in 1973. In the 70's it was known as "New Mid Taipo" because ...   More ▶︎
Mid Taipo hut

Mid Taipo hut

An ex NZFS hut that was built in 1973. In the 70's it was known as "New Mid Taipo" because ...   More ▶︎
Arahura-Styx track

Arahura-Styx track

The Arahura - Styx track: a benched historic pack-horse track through the Arahura and Styx valleys in Westland. An easy ...   More ▶︎
Taipo River, near Jacksons

Taipo River, near Jacksons

Rocky Creek meets the Taipo River at this point, and you will too if you miss the track markers. Safer ...   More ▶︎
Seven Mile hut Jan 2008

Seven Mile hut Jan 2008

Well it is a surprise that this hut is still there. A while back I read that DOC had removed ...   More ▶︎
7 Mile Hut

7 Mile Hut

This hut is on private land and both have been bought by someone who has improved access to 7 Mile ...   More ▶︎
Taipo River

Taipo River

Lower Taipo river valley from the Kelly Range above Dillons Hut   More ▶︎
Taipo River above Dillons Hut

Taipo River above Dillons Hut

Taipo River above Dillons Hut, Westland   More ▶︎
Dillons Hut

Dillons Hut

The New Dillons Hut (sleeps 10, stove, tank water) lies in the middle reaches of the Taipo valley, 10 minutes ...   More ▶︎
Mudflats Hut

Mudflats Hut

Mudflats Hut (6 bunks, matresses, tank water, stove, firewood available) lies in the mid-reaches of the Arahura Valley in Westland. ...   More ▶︎
Mudflats Hut

Mudflats Hut

Mudflats Hut, in the Arahura Valley, Westland.   More ▶︎
Arahura Valley

Arahura Valley

The Arahura Valley from the Mudflats swingbridge.   More ▶︎
Dillon's Hut (historic)

Dillon's Hut (historic)

Dillon's Hut (historic), in the Taipo Valley   More ▶︎
Dillons Hut (historic)

Dillons Hut (historic)

Dillons Hut (historic), in the Taipo Valley   More ▶︎
Dillon's Homestead (historic)

Dillon's Homestead (historic)

Dillon's Homestead(historic) (5 beds, fireplace, tank & stream water, fiirewood available) is a well built, well restored hut in the ...   More ▶︎
Harman Pass - Taipo River - Kelly Saddle

Harman Pass - Taipo River - Kelly Saddle

A long journey through the west of Arthur's Pass National Park.   More ▶︎
Old Julia Hut

Old Julia Hut

Old Julia Hut after refurbishment in February 2014.   More ▶︎
Jade Prospectors hut at Olderog/Jade Ck confluence Feb 2009

Jade Prospectors hut at Olderog/Jade Ck confluence Feb 2009

This hut is known by the names of both the creeks it is at the confluence of. We used to ...   More ▶︎
Mt Kerr

Mt Kerr

Exploring the exposed tops above the Arahura RIver just before a front rolls in. Reached by an old NZFS track ...   More ▶︎
Route down off McArthur Crags to Lower Olderog biv Jan 2010

Route down off McArthur Crags to Lower Olderog biv Jan 2010

This pic shows the SE leading spur off the top of Mt McArthur that leads down to Lower Olderog biv. ...   More ▶︎
Lower Olderog biv (aka Jade biv) Feb 2009

Lower Olderog biv (aka Jade biv) Feb 2009

This biv is located on a bench well above the creek bed in the headwaters of Jade Creek. It is ...   More ▶︎
Lower Olderog biv (aka Jade biv)

Lower Olderog biv (aka Jade biv)

This NZFS biv dating from 1957 is located on a bench well above the creek bed in the headwaters of ...   More ▶︎

Kelly Tops, Dry Creek, Taipo Circuit

A 3 day circuit from 7 Mile Creek to the Kelly Tops, down to Hunts Saddle and then over Hunts ...   More ▶︎
Track amongst gold workings Taipo River

Track amongst gold workings Taipo River

This photo shows a section of the Seven Mile Creek to Kelly Range tops track that passes amongst old alluvial ...   More ▶︎
Dry Creek

Dry Creek

Dry Creek - descending into the Taipo from it's 1700m saddle off Hunts Creek   More ▶︎
Taipo River track to Julia Hut

Taipo River track to Julia Hut

Taipo River track to Julia Hut - above Dry Creek   More ▶︎
View from un-named Campbell Range saddle

View from un-named Campbell Range saddle

This April 2013 photo was taken from the un-named Campbell Range Saddle at 1600m that is on the direct route ...   More ▶︎
Hunts Creek Toilet and Hut

Hunts Creek Toilet and Hut

Nice size   More ▶︎
Kelly Range from Hunts Creek Track

Kelly Range from Hunts Creek Track

The route from the tops of the Kelly Range to Hunts Saddle drops through thick scrub to a small bog ...   More ▶︎
Upper Hunts Creek

Upper Hunts Creek

Upper Hunts Creek - valley head above the hut. Te pass to Dry Creek in the Taipo is up scree ...   More ▶︎
Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit

Kelly Range - Hunts Saddle Circuit

A challenging circuit route traversing the Kelly Range and returning along Kelly's Creek. The direction described is the easiest option.   More ▶︎
Hunts Creek Track

Hunts Creek Track

Rough travel to a small, tidy hut. Better walked as part of a circuit.   More ▶︎
Descent from Kelly Tops to Hunts Saddle and Return!

Descent from Kelly Tops to Hunts Saddle and Return!

Masochistic mission involving at times 40 degrees gradients where the techniques of hanging off scrub and sliding to the next ...   More ▶︎
Hunts Creek Hut

Hunts Creek Hut

5-7 hours slog up Kellys Creek from the Otira highway, this little abode is welcome site after mud-jumping across Hunts ...   More ▶︎
Hunts Creek Hut

Hunts Creek Hut

A small hut handsomely located at the edge of a tussock clearing on Hunts Creek, west of Otira. Hunts Creek takes ...   More ▶︎
Hunts Hut

Hunts Hut

A small but tidy hut located at the edge of a tussock clearing near Hunts Creek.   More ▶︎
Hunts Creek

Hunts Creek

Barron Ridge is at left, and Hunts Ridge at right. Hunt Saddle is at bottom right and Kelly's Creek at ...   More ▶︎
View of McArthur Crags from the Newton Range Jan 2008

View of McArthur Crags from the Newton Range Jan 2008

This picture was taken from just north of the Newton Range biv. I took it to show the band of ...   More ▶︎
Mt Brown hut & Newton Range April 2013

Mt Brown hut & Newton Range April 2013

This photo shows how the popular Mt Brown hut sits in relation to the Newton Range. As well as tramps to ...   More ▶︎
Lower Arahura Hut

Lower Arahura Hut

A nice new 6 bunk hut in the Arahura valley.   More ▶︎
"New" Lower Arahura hut June 2010

"New" Lower Arahura hut June 2010

A replacement DOC 6 bunk hut for the old NZFS 4 bunk hut that used to sit 30m to the ...   More ▶︎
Lower Arahura hut

Lower Arahura hut

A new DOC 6 bunk hut that replaces the old 4 bunk NZFS hut. The new hut is 30m east ...   More ▶︎
"Old" Lower Arahura hut (removed)

"Old" Lower Arahura hut (removed)

This photo shows the "old" Lower Arahura hut as it was in January 1976 when it had recently received a ...   More ▶︎

Rangi-Taipo Traverse from Taipo Access 4WD track

10 hour untracked traverse though unpleasant nearly impenetrable vegetation culminating in glorious ascent to Rangi-Taipo and descent via overgrown but ...   More ▶︎
Julia Hut

Julia Hut

Standard DOC hut at the confluence of Julia and Mary Creeks where they meet the Taipo River. Good hot pools ...   More ▶︎
Julia Hut

Julia Hut

Standard DOC hut at the confluence of the Julia & Taipo rivers.   More ▶︎
SI Bush Robin in Old Julia hut April 2013

SI Bush Robin in Old Julia hut April 2013

For the second time in about a month a bush robin has spent time in a hut that I've been ...   More ▶︎
inside old julia

inside old julia

a classic view of the interior of a classic hut. Note the hand hewn locally sourced timbers.   More ▶︎
"Old" Julia hut Feb 2009

"Old" Julia hut Feb 2009

Close to the "New" Julia hut near the confluence of Julia & Mary Creeks where they join to form the ...   More ▶︎
"Old" Julia hut

"Old" Julia hut

Close to the "New" Julia hut near the confluence of Julia & Mary Creeks where they join to form the ...   More ▶︎