Thieves breaking into vehicles
Thieves have been breaking into cars and motor-homes at various car-parks and some camp-sites along SH.73 on a regular basis (day & night). They have been stealing passports, credit cards, money, electronic devices and recreation equipment. Take your absolute valuables with you on the walks, and don't leave other valuable items in plain sight in your vehicle. Report any suspicious activity to Police '111', and note down registration plates of vehicles!

Upper Waimakariri / Carrington Hut

TIME : 2-3 hours to Anti Crow Hut, 4-6 hours State highway- Carrington Hut

FEATURES : Braided river, beech forest, high mountains

MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20 (NZMS 260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34)

ROUTE GUIDES : Waimakariri to Carrington Hut (1.4MB)


The route to Carrington Hut is flat, but you are walking over rocks. There are several rivers to cross apart from the Waimakariri River. If there has been heavy rain recently these side rivers can be difficult to cross. Some river reading skills are essential.


Walk to Klondyke Corner (8km), Pvt Car, or Hitch.


Carrington Hut : 36 bunks

Waimakariri River Flats
Carrington 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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