Otehake Gorge

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 : Edwards River - Otehake River (1.5MB)


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!


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 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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