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Mount Barron Route

Mount Barron Route

Old trail leading up the the tussock tops of Mount Barron. A good benched track leads up to a rocky ...   More ▶︎
Barrack Creek Route

Barrack Creek Route

Goat Hill and Barrack Creek from Mount Barron. The route follows the spur to the true right of Barrack Creek.   More ▶︎
Mount Barron tops

Mount Barron tops

The end of the marked track up Mount Barron.   More ▶︎

Goat Creek track to Mt Barron

Overgrown and line is destroyed by recent slips.   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
2010_05_01 Otira Valley

2010_05_01 Otira Valley

2010_05_01 Otira Valley.JPG   More ▶︎
Lake Kaniere - Otira

Lake Kaniere - Otira

from the north end of Lake Kaniere, along the west shore to the Styx river. East along the Styx to ...   More ▶︎
Waimakariri River-Rolleston River

Waimakariri River-Rolleston River

Alpine tramp over Waimakariri Col.   More ▶︎
The Trail Klondyke Corner to Carrington Hu

The Trail Klondyke Corner to Carrington Hu

view of the grassy trail before the riverbed becomes the trail. The hut is still far here but it is behind ...   More ▶︎
Other Part of trail to Carrington Hut

Other Part of trail to Carrington Hut

the trail after a nice rain   More ▶︎
The Track Starts

The Track Starts

After three or four scree/shrub combinations, where the gorge below opens out a little, keep an eye out for the ...   More ▶︎
Track Descent

Track Descent

The map shows the track crossing two small tributaries before heading sharply down to meet the main river. You may ...   More ▶︎
Pick Your Path

Pick Your Path

Try to stay reasonably high above the river on the true left for the easiest route down and to avoid ...   More ▶︎
Grass my Arse

Grass my Arse

Sections of alpine "herbs" break up the scree slopes high above the Rolleston River. There is no track through these ...   More ▶︎
At the top

At the top

If intending to cross over into the Rolleston from the Waimak, DON'T go over the actual Waimak Col (you'll see ...   More ▶︎
Top of Rolleston Valley

Top of Rolleston Valley

There are sporadic cairns down into the Rolleston Valley, but they can be difficult to pick out against the scree. ...   More ▶︎
Route Planning

Route Planning

Checking the map for a route over the head of the Waimakariri Valley into the Rolleston Valley. Be aware in ...   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
Mount Barron

Mount Barron

Mount Barron from the Death's Corner lookout. The route follows the far edge of the obvious slip. The steep bluffs ...   More ▶︎
Below Kelly-Hunt Saddle

Below Kelly-Hunt Saddle

The Kelly below the Kelly-Hunt Saddle   More ▶︎
Kelly Creek

Kelly Creek

Kelly Creek above the first gorge   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 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 Hut

Hunts Hut

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

Hunts Creek Toilet and Hut

Nice size   More ▶︎
Mt Philistine

Mt Philistine

The slopes to the summit - from the east.   More ▶︎
Philistine / Warnock's Bluffs

Philistine / Warnock's Bluffs

The normal route up Philistine from the road ascends through this line of bluffs. When there is no snow, the ...   More ▶︎
Mt Philistine

Mt Philistine

Moderate to hard daytrip in Arthurs Pass.   More ▶︎
Philistine Bluffs

Philistine Bluffs

Decending the bluffs - not a forgiving place to loose your footing- there have been deaths here.   More ▶︎
Philistine Bluffs

Philistine Bluffs

Decending the bluffs - not a forgiving place to loose your footing- there have been deaths here.   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 ▶︎

Cockayne Nature Walk

Short walk in rich forest near Kellys Creek, Arthur's Pass National Park.   More ▶︎

Cockayne Nature Walk

A short loop in forest near Kelly's Creek, Otira.   More ▶︎
Mingha River-Deception River

Mingha River-Deception River

Goat Pass Track. Alpine track over a pass between two river valleys.   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 ▶︎
Deception River

Deception River

Deception River   More ▶︎
Kelly Shelter

Kelly Shelter

Kelly Shelter on the Arthurs Pass raod   More ▶︎
Kelly Shelter (Removed)

Kelly Shelter (Removed)

Kelly shelter is a roadside shelter on the Arthur's Pass road, at the base of Kelly's Creek and the track ...   More ▶︎
Willy the Weka

Willy the Weka

A visitor at the Kelly ck carpark.   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 ▶︎
Otira Valley

Otira Valley

Footbridge on the Otira Valley.   More ▶︎
Otira Valley

Otira Valley

A short, pretty walk into an alpine environment. A variety of alpine flowers in summer.   More ▶︎
Phipps Peak (1965m)

Phipps Peak (1965m)

From the Otira Valley.   More ▶︎
Mt Philistine Traverse

Mt Philistine Traverse

A classic mountain traverse in Arthurs Pass National Park, includes climbing steep scree, bluffs, rock and snow. An ice axe ...   More ▶︎

Lake Misery Track

Short connector track that crosses the Main Divide of the Southern Alps.   More ▶︎
Lake Misery Track

Lake Misery Track

Small rockpile on the Lake Misery Track.   More ▶︎
(Pihoihoi) - Pipit

(Pihoihoi) - Pipit

Moaris used to mimick the pipits movements and use a tactic called Manukawhaki (decoy bird). They would pretend to retreat ...   More ▶︎
Upper Deception Hut

Upper Deception Hut

Six bunk hut adjacent the popular Mingha-Deception route. It was built by the NZFS in 1962. [A four bunker Lower Deception ...   More ▶︎
Upper Deception hut Feb 2009

Upper Deception hut Feb 2009

A sound old NZFS hut in need of a bit of TLC. The scrub badly needed cutting back last time ...   More ▶︎
Catching the dawn on the Kelly range

Catching the dawn on the Kelly range

The morning light on the Kelly range before it reaches the valley with Arthurs Pass   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 ▶︎
Kelly Range

Kelly Range

A brief climb up to Carroll Hut on the tops at the northern edge of Arthur's Pass National Park. Magnificent ...   More ▶︎
Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass

Arthiur's pass and the viaduct viewed from the Kelly Creek to Carroll's Hut track.   More ▶︎
Carroll Hut

Carroll Hut

This newly renovated hut sits on a pretty tussock plateau on the Kelly Range.   More ▶︎
Carroll Hut

Carroll Hut

A small, tidy hut just above the treeline on the Kelly Range. Recently renovated with new cladding and new windows. ...   More ▶︎
Carroll Memorial Hut

Carroll Memorial Hut

Situated on Kelly Saddle, Carroll Hut has stunning views across to Arthur's Pass.   More ▶︎
Kelly Range views over Kelly Ck

Kelly Range views over Kelly Ck

Moving southward above Carroll hut on the Kelly Range. Descending the range to Hunts saddle and returning by Kellys Creek resulted ...   More ▶︎
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park

This alpine park straddles the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with dry beech forests in the east and damp ...   More ▶︎
Dobson Nature Walk

Dobson Nature Walk

A short walk on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, offering alpine flora and panoramic views.   More ▶︎
Dillons Hut (new)

Dillons Hut (new)

Dillons Hut (new), Taipo Valley, Westland   More ▶︎
Walks Around Arthur's Pass

Walks Around Arthur's Pass

A variety of both easy and more challenging walks are available around Arthur's Pass village and the nearby pass.   More ▶︎

Dobson Nature Walk

Stroll through an alpine herbfield scattered with massive boulders, Arthur's Pass National Park.   More ▶︎
Page Memorial Shelter

Page Memorial Shelter

Day shelter in Temple Basin, Arthurs Pass. Page Memorial Shelter is little day-hut built for skiers in Temple Basin, set apart ...   More ▶︎
Kellys Saddle

Kellys Saddle

Kellys Saddle - a tussock saddle between the Otira and Taipo near Carroll Hut   More ▶︎
Descent to the Taipo Valley

Descent to the Taipo Valley

Descent to the Taipo Valley from the Kelly Range, above Dillons Homestead / Hut   More ▶︎
Temple Basin Ski Area

Temple Basin Ski Area

November 2009.   More ▶︎
Temple Basin Ski Field

Temple Basin Ski Field

Taken a little past the ski huts, November 2012   More ▶︎
Temple Basin

Temple Basin

A steepish climb through alpine meadows to the Temple Basin skifield   More ▶︎
Head of the Rolleston River, just below Pt2000

Head of the Rolleston River, just below Pt2000

Taken while traversing slopes high in the Rolleston river. Shows the snow slope used to access the first col north ...   More ▶︎
Kellys Hill

Kellys Hill

1400m above, looking NW from Kellys Hill, APNP.   More ▶︎
Mt Pfeifer etc from Kellys Hill July 2011

Mt Pfeifer etc from Kellys Hill July 2011

This photo was taken from near the broadcasting repeaters on top of Kellys Hill which is the hill immediately north ...   More ▶︎

Bealey Chasm and Valley

A excellent short walk in the autumn or spring with wonderful views of rolleston glacier   More ▶︎
Mt Rolleston - Otira Face

Mt Rolleston - Otira Face

The best known peak in Arthurs Pass national park. The Otira Face as seen here from Mt Philistine is often ...   More ▶︎
Mount Cassidy

Mount Cassidy

A short but challenging climb from Arthur's Pass Village.   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 ▶︎
Dry Creek

Dry Creek

Dry Creek - descending into the Taipo from it's 1700m saddle off Hunts Creek   More ▶︎
Shattered rock on Mount Cassidy

Shattered rock on Mount Cassidy

The rock is very crumbly and unstable.   More ▶︎
Crow Glacier, Mt Rolleston

Crow Glacier, Mt Rolleston

Crow glacier and Mt Rolleston. taken April 1969.   More ▶︎
Myosotis lyalli

Myosotis lyalli

Mount Cassidy.   More ▶︎
Arthur's Pass Walking Track

Arthur's Pass Walking Track

A new walk, opened March 2014 to mark 150 years of Arthur's Pass. Attractive and easy walking from the Arthur's ...   More ▶︎
Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

A side trip off the popular Mingha-Deception route in Arthur's Pass.   More ▶︎
Goat Pass Hut

Goat Pass Hut

Large hut on the popular Mingha-Deception route   More ▶︎
Goat Pass Hut

Goat Pass Hut

Goat Pass Hut 2008   More ▶︎

Mt Rolleston- Low Peak (via Rome ridge)

Track starts off at SH73 (Coral track). Steep ascent through the bush line on a marked track leading you up ...   More ▶︎
Rome Ridge - Avalanche Peak Traverse

Rome Ridge - Avalanche Peak Traverse

Climb up Rome Ridge towards Mount Rolleston to traverse the ridge between it and Avalanche Peak.   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 ▶︎
Goat Pass Hut

Goat Pass Hut

Goat Pass Hut - from Lake Mavis   More ▶︎
Rock wren

Rock wren

I heard this bird before I saw it, on the scree just above the Con's Track bushline on Mount Cassidy, ...   More ▶︎
Geum uniflorum

Geum uniflorum

Mount Cassidy.   More ▶︎
Dunns Creek

Dunns Creek

The lower Dunns Creek ascending from the Taipo to Dunns Creek Hut   More ▶︎
Great mountain buttercup

Great mountain buttercup

Ranunculus lyalli. Con's Track, Mount Cassidy, Arthur's Pass.   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 ▶︎
Forest

Forest

Con's Track, Arthur's Pass.   More ▶︎
Devil's Punchbowl Falls.

Devil's Punchbowl Falls.

From Con's Track, Arthur's Pass.   More ▶︎
Above Waimakariri Falls

Above Waimakariri Falls

Looking down the valley from high under Waimak Col. Spot the hut? (just left of the river - the new ...   More ▶︎
Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

route from Lake Mavis to Edwards Valley bypassing Taruahuna Pass

route from Lake Mavis to Edwards Valley bypassing Taruahuna Pass

This route bypasses the pass with its tiresome talus travel for those who have experienced it several times already!   More ▶︎
Lake Mavis

Lake Mavis

A snow wonder for all to enjoy.   More ▶︎
Lake Karaupataka

Lake Karaupataka

Lake Karaupataka From Waharoa Saddle   More ▶︎
Paratu Stream - Waharoa Saddle

Paratu Stream - Waharoa Saddle

The easiest route to Mt Pfeifer via an attractive bouldered stream and a magical saddle with flybys of kaka and ...   More ▶︎
Mountain violet

Mountain violet

Viola cunninghamii, Bridal Veil Track, Arthur's Pass.   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎

Devil's Punchbowl Track

Short walk to a classic Arthur's Pass waterfall.   More ▶︎
Waimakariri Falls hut

Waimakariri Falls hut

6 bunk hut 1380m   More ▶︎
Waimakariri Falls Hut

Waimakariri Falls Hut

Located in the Waimakariri headwaters at 1300m, just above the top falls. Built 1960, and refurbished 2005.   More ▶︎
Crow Slide in snow

Crow Slide in snow

Frank and me doing an alpine finish (our speciality) down the Crow slide en route to Crow Hut from Avalanche ...   More ▶︎
Lake Anti-Mavis, Tarn Pass in the distance

Lake Anti-Mavis, Tarn Pass in the distance

Lake Anti-Mavis, Tarn Pass in the distance   More ▶︎
Mt Aicken in Jan

Mt Aicken in Jan

Require Medium fitness level, rock/stone marked track above bushline.   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 ▶︎