Julia Hut via Taipo River
TIME : 4 days return
FEATURES : Alpine meadows & views, Hot Spring, Mountain Pass sidetrip, wild river & cableway.
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Moana BU20 (NZMS260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34)
HOW HARD IS IT?
Not that hard, but the Taipo River is one of the most dangerous rivers in the South Island. If your not using the Cableway or bridges your river assessing skills must be very good. Some side-creeks also flood very readily and these are not bridged, you must decide whether they are safe to ford or not. The route follows the Taipo River, both in the forest and on the shingle bank.
The Hot spring is just downstream of Julia Hut, its good for those tired muscles & just un-winding.
A sidetrip up onto Harman Pass can be had, this takes one full day return from Julia Hut, and requires perfect visibility.
WHERE DO I START
From Kelly's Shelter travelling via Carroll Hut & Seven Mile Creek, or from the Four Wheel Drive trail that starts on Highway 73 near the Taipo crossing.
Dillons Hut: New 10 bunk
Julia Hut: 6 bunks
Carroll Hut: 10 bunks
Mid Taipo 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