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Otehake Gorge

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 : 2-3 days

FEATURES : A rugged, steep, gorge, alpine tops, hot springs (maybe!)

MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Cass BV21, Moana BU20, Haupiri BU21 (NZMS260: Otira K33)

ROUTE GUIDES : 7. Edwards River - Otehake River

HOW HARD IS IT?

Not recommended unless you're looking for a long sidle through thick bush by a track which is overgrown and fallen away. Each kilometre may take you 1-2 hours through this wilderness area. This route is the hardest tramp in Arthur's Pass National Park! It is very beautiful!

HUTS

Edwards Hut: 14 bunks
Otehake Hut: 6 bunks

Otehake Hut
Otehake Hot Spring


AdventureSmart - Tell someone where you are going!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


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