Townsend Hut

TIME : 2 days

FEATURES : Seldom visited hut on the main divide, Rainforest, alpine meadows, views.

MAP : NZTopo50: Moana BU20 (NZMS260: Otira K33)


Not that hard, but......

You need previous experience crossing rivers, and the ability to follow your route on the map.


Start at Aickens, 15km west of Otira


Townsend Hut: 4 bunks

Townsend Hut

AdventureSmart - Tell someone where you are going!So you have an enjoyable and safe time for your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park, follow the Land Safety Code:

  • Choose the right trip
    • Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  • Understand the weather
    • It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.
  • Pack warm clothes and extra food
    • Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.
  • Share your plans and take ways to get help
    • Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.
  • Take care of yourself and each other
    • Eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

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