Architect Creek Hut

Welcome Flat
Welcome Flat
Track 2 days. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
A frosty West Coast valley leading to good hot pools and magnificent mountain scenery on part of the Copland Track.
Copland Track
Copland Track
Track 3 days. Hard. One way.
Classic mountaineering route between Mount Cook and the West Coast. See Welcome Flat.

Track grades

Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
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.
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.