Mingha - Goat Pass - Deception
WARNING : Kiwi Rail (Contact Them Here) has "closed" access to the Morrison foot-bridge across the Otira River at the Deception River junction for an indeterminate time-frame. This is to prevent people crossing the railway line to access it. At this stage they have merely placed signage and road-cones. Should the barrier become impenetrable they will create a even more dangerous situation in forcing trampers into very dangerous river crossing situations and traverses!
Please Note: As a result of the work now underway the old Mingha Car Park and the old access track across the railway line to the Mingha and Edwards Valley has been closed off. A new temporary car park is being developed at the shingle pit area near the Bealey Rail Bridge. The new car park is off the main highway by the rail bridge. From the car park there will be a marked walking track across the railway line immediately adjacent to the rail bridge on to the causeway and then up the causeway to connect with the old track. Please be aware there is construction crews working in the same area as the new car park.
TIME : 2 days, Highway 73 - Goat Pass Hut 4-6 hours, Goat Pass Hut - Highway 73 5-7 hours
FEATURES : Beech forest, rainforest, alpine pass, Side trip to alpine lake
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20 (NZMS260: Otira K33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
You must cross lots of rivers, which, after heavy rain, rise very quickly. You must be prepared to wait a day or two for the rivers to go down. It is harder to get down the Deception in bad weather than the Mingha.
The terrain is rough and can take some people a lot longer than the route times.
If it is raining heavily do not depart for this trip, or do not leave your Hut or Campsite!
Note : New section of track in the Mingha River. This avoids travelling along part of the river which is a home to whio (blue duck). Please use the new track to avoid disturbing the ducks.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
The trailheads are 5km east of Arthur's Pass and 20km west of Arthur's Pass.
Walk to Mingha Corner (5km), Pvt Car (not recommended to park cars at either track-head because of vandalism problems) or Hitch.
Mingha Biv - (2 persons)
Goat Pass Hut - (20 bunks & NO FIREPLACE)
Upper Deception Hut - (6 bunks)
So you have an enjoyable and safe time during your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park follow these 5 simple rules...
1. PLAN YOUR TRIP
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. TELL SOMEONE
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Visit the AdventureSmart Website to file an intentions form with someone you trust!
3. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Check out the Arthur's Pass Weather Forecast here.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
5. TAKE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures