Tracks

Newton Creek Hut

Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)
Route Guide: Otira to Mt Cook Village (pt 1)
Track 12 – 21 days. Hard. One way.
One possible route down the main divide from Otira on the Arthur's Pass road to Mt Cook Village. Otira Hotel to the Mountaineer's Bar - file this one under 'tramps starting and ending at a pub'.
Newton Creek Hut from Arahura Pack track
Newton Creek Hut from Arahura Pack track
Track 1 day. Hard. One way.
Former forest service track that was left to overgrow and suffered further damage from snow loading in winter of 2008. Fortunately DoC recut it in March 2009.

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.

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