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Griffin Tops

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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
Griffin Creek

Griffin Creek

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

Blue duck

Morning outside Griffin Creek Hut.   More ▶︎
Griffin Creek Hut

Griffin Creek Hut

This homely hut is well maintained but not often visited.   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 Crk

Griffin Crk

This is the track!   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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

Top Olderog biv

This biv was built by the NZFS in 1971. It is located on the TR in the headwaters of 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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
Tarn on Tara Tama Range

Tarn on Tara Tama Range

This Westland range has many nice tarns. This is one of the nicer ones IMO. It is situated on the ...   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 Biv

Rocky Creek Biv

A little hut situated on a discreet terrace.   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
Newton Creek Hut

Newton Creek Hut

Newton Creek Hut, Westland   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 ▶︎
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)

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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
Arahura River & swingbridge

Arahura River & swingbridge

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

Newton Saddle

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

Dunns Creek

Dunns Creek, rough scrub on the ascent to Newton Saddle   More ▶︎
Mt Turiwhate track map

Mt Turiwhate track map

This map shows the gps'd route from SH73 up on to the tussock & rock main ridge leading to Mt ...   More ▶︎
Mt Turiwhate track

Mt Turiwhate track

A route from SH73 at Grahams Creek, Turiwhate up to the tussock tops from where you can continue to the ...   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 ▶︎
Mt Turiwhate July 2012

Mt Turiwhate July 2012

This pic was taken from Kawhaka Creek and looks east toward the summit of Turiwhate. (1373m) Various creeks provide access up ...   More ▶︎
Mt Turiwhate from the Griffin Range

Mt Turiwhate from the Griffin Range

This is a July pic of the Turiwhate tops taken from the Griffin Range. Mt Turiwhate is largely ignored by Trampers ...   More ▶︎
View NE from Mt Turiwhate trig

View NE from Mt Turiwhate trig

This photo was taken autumn 2010 whilst doing a traverse of the higher bumps on the Turiwhate Range. Unlike at ...   More ▶︎
Mt Turiwhate Summit

Mt Turiwhate Summit

Tate and Jared with the Trig after an entertaining climb up Turiwhate and across the tops   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 ▶︎

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 ▶︎
Dunns Creek Hut

Dunns Creek Hut

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

View from Dunns Creek Hut

View from 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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
"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 ▶︎
"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 ▶︎
Murk on the Turiwhate tops Sept 2012

Murk on the Turiwhate tops Sept 2012

This picture looking SE shows in the right hand foreground the third bump north west of the Mt Turiwhate summit ...   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 ▶︎
Turiwhate tops Sept 2013

Turiwhate tops Sept 2013

This photo is of Neil B on the Turiwhate tops about 10 minutes SE of where the TL Grahams Ck ...   More ▶︎
Plane Crash Memorial Mt Turiwhate

Plane Crash Memorial Mt Turiwhate

This photo shows the memorial to Lynch and Renton who were killed in the first fatal plane crash in Westland ...   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek

Dunns Creek

The lower Dunns Creek ascending from the Taipo to Dunns Creek Hut   More ▶︎
Elle dog on Mt Turiwhate track April 2014

Elle dog on Mt Turiwhate track April 2014

This picture was taken about 500 metres up Grahams Creek from SH73 where the Turiwhate track leaves the creek bed ...   More ▶︎
Mt Treacey Sept 2013

Mt Treacey Sept 2013

This picture of Mt Treacey in the Hohonu Range was taken from Mt Bruce Murray. You are looking at the ...   More ▶︎
Mudflats Hut

Mudflats Hut

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

Arahura Valley

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

Dillon's Hut (historic)

Dillon's 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 ▶︎
Dillons Hut (historic)

Dillons Hut (historic)

Dillons Hut (historic), in the Taipo Valley   More ▶︎
Old Water Race below Lower Arahura hut

Old Water Race below Lower Arahura hut

Here is a photo of a remnant section of the water race that runs roughly parallel with the current track ...   More ▶︎
Taipo River

Taipo River

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

Taipo River above Dillons Hut

Taipo River above Dillons Hut, Westland   More ▶︎
Lake Ruby Hohonu Range

Lake Ruby Hohonu Range

This photo taken while doing a tops traverse of part of the Hohonu Range shows seldom seen Lake Ruby. The ...   More ▶︎
Historic Rock Bivvy, Hohonu Range

Historic Rock Bivvy, Hohonu Range

This snap shows a man made rock wall at the bivvy. I've displayed a few of the many relics found ...   More ▶︎
Smart Creek Rock Bivvy, Hohonu Range

Smart Creek Rock Bivvy, Hohonu Range

A large rock in the head basin of Smart Creek. An historic bivvy that has been used since the 1890's. ...   More ▶︎