Canterbury

Canterbury

Boyle to Arthur's Pass - OPEN

Northern Start
Junction of Magdalen Valley Rd and SH7, Boyle Village
Southern End
Greyneys Shelter, SH73
Distance
113km
Time
6-8 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)

This tramp follows an historic crossing of the Southern Alps at Harper Pass (962m).  

Maori used the route to access pounamu (greenstone) on the West Coast and European settlers used it for access and supply purposes during the gold rush of in the 1860s. Harper Pass is named after Leonard Harper who at 20 years of age became the first European to cross the pass and reach the West Coast in 1857.

The route fell into disuse from 1867 following the development of an alternative route through Arthur’s Pass, which provided more direct access to the Coast.
In the 1930s the track was reopened and 4 substantial huts were constructed by the Physical Welfare Division of the Department of Internal Affairs in an attempted to recreate the Milford Track’s model for tourism success. While the Harper Pass Track has never reached the Milford Track’s status it still affords a quality tramping experience of relative ease. 
On the West Coast side of Harper Pass the route requires numerous crossings of the Taramakau and Otehake Rivers. Trampers with river-crossings skills and experience will find these rivers passable in normal to low flows but impassable when river levels are high. Extra food should be carried to enable trampers backtrack or to wait until river levels subside.
In a number of areas, this route requires a lot of self-navigation as it is not fully marked. Generally this is straight-forward though you'll want to be carrying GPS, maps and compass to assist you.
Note: The traditional Harper Pass Track starts at Windy Point and ends at Aickens.
 
St James Car Park (Boyle Village) to Hope-Kiwi Lodge - 26.5km / 8hr
 
Follow the Tui Track sign and markers to the highway and then on the landward side of the fence on the left to a driveway leading to the old Boyle Base Hut. Cross the road here and follow the markers down to a terrace, and then along to the Boyle River. 
If safe to cross, ford the Boyle River where markers indicate and continue down the true right bank on river flats to the confluence with the Doubtful River.
 
If the river can't be crossed safely then back-track and continue down on the road shoulder for about 2hr to the sign-post marking the entrance road to the Lake Sumner Forest Park at Windy Point. You will pass the Engineers Camp along the way. There is a car park and shelter at Windy Point, a short distance down the entrance road. This marks the alternative, and traditional, start point to the Harper Pass Track.
 
After fording the Doubtful River where marked the track continues down the true right of the Boyle River and joins a farm track that leads onwards to a deer fence. Follow this fence around until markers show the track heading uphill through manuka and beech forest towards the main Hope Valley track. Te Araroa joins the Harper Pass Track proper here. Turn right and the track climbs through manuka scrub and farm land to the beech forest’s edge. Once inside the forest the track sidles above the Hope River to Hope Shelter, a basic 6 bunk hut that is old but still in reasonable condition.
Beyond Hope Shelter the track continues through the forest and then breaks out across grassy flats. The track then crosses the Hope River on a swingbridge. Across the bridge there is a junction with the track to St Jacobs Hut. From here Te Araroa heads south on the track to Hope-Kiwi Lodge, situated in a large clearing near the forest edge.

Hope-Kiwi Lodge to Hurunui Hut 5 - 19km / 6hr

Below Hope-Kiwi Lodge the track crosses open cattle flats then climbs through bush towards Kiwi Saddle (677m). A lookout nearby affords good views of Lake Sumner. Beyond the saddle the track descends towards the lake shore and to a swingbridge over Three Mile Stream. Cross the bridge, continue to the lake head and beyond up the Hurunui River’s true left side. Keep to the marked track until it deviates across the valley to another swingbridge, this time over the Hurunui River. Once on the other side of the river the track climbs and sidles for about 30min to Hurunui Hut, a modern hut with sleeping platforms and elevated views over the valley below.
 
 
Hurunui Hut to Hurunui No.3 Hut - 10km / 4-5hr
 
The track descends from the hut through manuka forest to the open flats of the valley floor. About 2/3 of the way, a sign indicates access to a hot pool (look for the steam rising from the stream just before that). Another sign at the pool warns that “Amoebic meningitis is fatal and caused by water entering nasal passages. Do not immerse head”. This stark warning need not deter trampers from an indulgent soak to neck level, a Te Araroa highlight.
Beyond the hot spring the track continues through flats and forest on the Hurunui’s true right all the way to Hurunui No.3 Hut. While one of the original 4 huts on the route, the No.3 Hut remains a comfortable 16 bunk hut.  It has an unusual looking DOC research building nearby.
 
Hurunui No.3 Hut to Locke Stream Hut - 15km / 7hr

Soon after leaving the No. 3 Hut the track crosses Cameron Stream. An emergency 3 wire bridge can be used here to avoid getting wet feet. Continue across the flat towards Cameron Hut (4 bunks). This hut is offers basic emergency accommodation for anyone in need.
Beyond Cameron Flat the track leaves cattle country and ascends towards Harper Pass Bivvy, a cramped 2 bunk box with one tiny window and a helpful sign on the door that reads ‘fire exit’.  
From the Biv the track crosses the Hurunui headwaters and climbs more steeply for ½hr to Harper Pass. Kiwi are present in the area in reasonable numbers and can be heard at night. Watch out for their 3-pronged foot prints as they are sometimes visible where the ground is soft.
On the West Coast side of the Pass the track drops steeply and crosses the Upper Taramakau River to the true right side. It continues down to a swingbridge, which takes trampers to the true left side. From here it is about 1½hr downstream to Locke Stream Hut.
Locke Stream Hut is another Physical Welfare Division classic. It was built in 1940 with hand-hewn timber by 65 year old packman, Sam Burrows. The hut was restored in 1993 through a bequest from Tom Beeston's estate.                                                            

Locke Stream Hut to Morrison footbridge via Aitkens - 23km / 6-8hr

Beyond the hut, travel is down the Taramakau River through bush and open river terraces - though some pieces of track are affected by river damage. Travel is often in the riverbed and can require numerous river crossings that become impassable after heavy rain.
Kiwi Hut (6 bunks) is located approximately half way down the Taramakau (8km/3.5hr from Locke Stream Hut) and a 15min walk from the Kiwi Hut junction.
Look out for DOC markers that point the way on the true right side. After approx 2.5km cross the Taramakau (to the true left) then cross the Otehake River separately. The route is then mainly on the true left all the way down to the sign-posted turn off onto the Flood Track to the Morrison Footbridge - though due to river movement at times travel may be through the riverbed and require crossings. 
Trampers wishing to exit to the Aitkens carpark on SH73 should continue down the Taramakau and then carefully ford the Otira River. 
Meanwhile Te Araroa continues left on the Flood Track for 2hr and joins with the Mingha-Deception Track at the Morrison Footbridge. The Flood Track is poorly formed, through bush and involves a series of sharp climbs and descents along a steep face above the Otira River - when the Otira River is low, walkers may prefer to walk along the riverbed, though carefully judge the water level before attempting this. Cross the footbridge to access SH73. There is a carpark across the road.
From Aickens, turn left for 22km to Arthur's Pass, a small alpine village, or turn right for 73km to Greymouth on the West Coast.
(* see Arthur's Pass shuttle details under "The Sanctuary" accommodation listing)


Deception-Mingha Track

This route forms the mountain run component of the celebrated Coast-to-Coast race. Top athletes complete it in around 3 hours. On the Deception side the track is rough and not regularly marked. However, in good conditions it is a reasonable route which most trampers take 2 days to complete. The route involves many river crossing so is vulnerable to bad weather. Don’t attempt it in heavy rain or when heavy rain is forecast. Come prepared to wait out flood conditions. The area is home to rare and protected blue duck/whio. DOC asks for sightings to be reported  to staff at the Visitor Centre in Arthur’s Pass.

SH73 – Goat Pass Hut - 18.5km / 8-9hr

Cross the Otira River on the Morrison footbridge and follow the Deception River up the true right side across river flats. Cross to the true left and follow rock cairns through the lower gorge, re-crossing the river where necessary. Continue up to Good Luck Creek. Upper Deception Hut, which is easy to miss, is located a short distance beyond on the true right side.
Beyond the hut trampers can pick their way upwards, mostly in the riverbed though there are some small tracked portions under bush cover. There is a final steep climb over rough terrain to get up to the Goat Pass Hut (20 bunks), located a short distance below the pass itself. This hut has a radio link to DOC’s visitor’s centre at Arthur’s Pass, which trampers can use to obtain weather forecasts and other information.
 
 
Goat Pass Hut to SH73 Bealey River - 9.5km / 5hr

From the hut the track improves significantly  but still has many river crossings. The track crosses Goat Pass on boardwalk sections then descends towards the bushline into the Mingha Valley. The track departs the river course towards Dudley’s Knob to avoid a difficult gorge and continues down to the Lower Mingha flats. Look for a safe crossing of the Bealey River near its confluence with the Mingha River and continue down towards Greyney Shelter Campsite on SH73. The track line rises to the road along the way.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Accommodation en route
Hope Kiwi Lodge - 20 bunks
Hurunui Hut - 15 bunks - a modern hut with sleeping platforms and elevated views over the valley below
Hurunui No. 3 Hut - 16 bunks - While one of the original 4 huts on the route, the No. 3 Hut remains a comfortable 16 bunk hut.
Locke Stream Hut - 18 bunks
Kiwi Hut - 6 bunks
DOC's Goat Pass Hut - 20 bunks - This hut has a radio link to DOC’s Visitor’s Centre at Arthur’s Pass, which trampers can use to obtain weather forecasts and other information 

General information
DOC's Arthurs Pass National Park Visitor Centre - SH73, Arthur's Pass - P: 03 318 9211 - E: arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz 
The DOC Visitor Centre can store store parcels for a charge of $10 per parcel - please send to DOC Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre, West Coast Rd SH73, Canterbury 7654.  or Po Box 51008 Arthurs Pass 7654 (Clearly mark the parcel with "<your name>, Te Araroa Walker" and an estimated arrival date). Note the summer opening hours of 8am-5pm daily, parcels cannot be collected outside those hours.

Getting there/away - To Christchurch and Greymouth 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697
West Coast Shuttles - P: 03 768 0028 or 027 492 7488
 
Accommodation
Mountain House, YHA Arthur's Pass - 84 West Coast Road, Arthur's Pass village P: 03 318 9258 E: arthurspass@yha.co.nz
Arthurs Pass Motel and Lodge - 03 318 9099
Arthurs Pass Alpine Motel - Main Rd (SH 73), Arthurs Pass Village, W Coast Rd, Arthur's Pass - P: 0800 900 401 or 03 318 9233
The Sanctuary Arthurs Pass - Main Rd (SH73), Arthurs Pass - P: 0274 662755 - E: bill@thesanctuary.co.nz - Free tent site, free laundry, shower, bounce box facility and kitchen available. Bill also runs a shuttle service to/from Aitken's Corner - pickup 10am at Aitken's, leave Arthur's Pass 9am to return - please book this in advance - $20pp each way.
 
Resupply
Arthurs Pass Alpine Store and Tearooms - P: 03 318 9235 - fuel also available
DOC's Arthurs Pass National Park Visitor Centre - SH73, Arthur's Pass - P: 03 318 9211 - E: arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz 
The DOC Visitor Centre can store store parcels for a charge of $10 per parcel - these to DOC Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre, West Coast Rd SH73, Canterbury 7654. (Clearly mark the parcel with "<your name>, Te Araroa Walker" and an estimated arrival date). Note the summer opening hours of 8am-5pm daily, parcels cannot be collected outside those hours.
 

Greymouth

General information
Greymouth I-SITE Visitor Centre - 1 Mackay St, Greymouth - P: 03 768 5101 - E: info@westcoasttravel.co.nz

Getting there/away 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697
West Coast Shuttles - P: 03 768 0028 or 027 492 7488

Accommodation
YHA Greymouth Kainga-Ra Backpackers - 15 Alexander St, Greymouth - P: 03 768 4951
Global Village Travellers Lodge BBH - 42-54 Cowper St, Greymouth - P: 03 768 7272 
Many other accommodation options are available in Greymouth.

Resupply

New World Supermarket - 128 High St - P: 03 768 4441
Countdown Supermarket - 174 Mawhera Quay - P: 03 769 9210

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No bikes
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided at huts
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • No amenities
  • Car park
  • Accommodation YHA Hamner Springs - see above
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Carpark Aitkens
  • Accommodation Huts
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Shop in Arthurs Pass
  • Accommodation YHA Arthurs Pass - see above
Closest Town(s)
Hamner Springs and Arthur's Pass
Managed by
DOC
Contact
DOC
Northern Start
Junction of Magdalen Valley Rd and SH7, Boyle Village
Southern End
Greyneys Shelter, SH73
Distance
113km
Time
6-8 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

This tramp follows an historic crossing of the Southern Alps at Harper Pass (962m).  

Maori used the route to access pounamu (greenstone) on the West Coast and European settlers used it for access and supply purposes during the gold rush of in the 1860s. Harper Pass is named after Leonard Harper who at 20 years of age became the first European to cross the pass and reach the West Coast in 1857.

The route fell into disuse from 1867 following the development of an alternative route through Arthur’s Pass, which provided more direct access to the Coast.
In the 1930s the track was reopened and 4 substantial huts were constructed by the Physical Welfare Division of the Department of Internal Affairs in an attempted to recreate the Milford Track’s model for tourism success. While the Harper Pass Track has never reached the Milford Track’s status it still affords a quality tramping experience of relative ease. 
On the West Coast side of Harper Pass the route requires numerous crossings of the Taramakau and Otehake Rivers. Trampers with river-crossings skills and experience will find these rivers passable in normal to low flows but impassable when river levels are high. Extra food should be carried to enable trampers backtrack or to wait until river levels subside.
In a number of areas, this route requires a lot of self-navigation as it is not fully marked. Generally this is straight-forward though you'll want to be carrying GPS, maps and compass to assist you.
Note: The traditional Harper Pass Track starts at Windy Point and ends at Aickens.
 
St James Car Park (Boyle Village) to Hope-Kiwi Lodge - 26.5km / 8hr
 
Follow the Tui Track sign and markers to the highway and then on the landward side of the fence on the left to a driveway leading to the old Boyle Base Hut. Cross the road here and follow the markers down to a terrace, and then along to the Boyle River. 
If safe to cross, ford the Boyle River where markers indicate and continue down the true right bank on river flats to the confluence with the Doubtful River.
 
If the river can't be crossed safely then back-track and continue down on the road shoulder for about 2hr to the sign-post marking the entrance road to the Lake Sumner Forest Park at Windy Point. You will pass the Engineers Camp along the way. There is a car park and shelter at Windy Point, a short distance down the entrance road. This marks the alternative, and traditional, start point to the Harper Pass Track.
 
After fording the Doubtful River where marked the track continues down the true right of the Boyle River and joins a farm track that leads onwards to a deer fence. Follow this fence around until markers show the track heading uphill through manuka and beech forest towards the main Hope Valley track. Te Araroa joins the Harper Pass Track proper here. Turn right and the track climbs through manuka scrub and farm land to the beech forest’s edge. Once inside the forest the track sidles above the Hope River to Hope Shelter, a basic 6 bunk hut that is old but still in reasonable condition.
Beyond Hope Shelter the track continues through the forest and then breaks out across grassy flats. The track then crosses the Hope River on a swingbridge. Across the bridge there is a junction with the track to St Jacobs Hut. From here Te Araroa heads south on the track to Hope-Kiwi Lodge, situated in a large clearing near the forest edge.

Hope-Kiwi Lodge to Hurunui Hut 5 - 19km / 6hr

Below Hope-Kiwi Lodge the track crosses open cattle flats then climbs through bush towards Kiwi Saddle (677m). A lookout nearby affords good views of Lake Sumner. Beyond the saddle the track descends towards the lake shore and to a swingbridge over Three Mile Stream. Cross the bridge, continue to the lake head and beyond up the Hurunui River’s true left side. Keep to the marked track until it deviates across the valley to another swingbridge, this time over the Hurunui River. Once on the other side of the river the track climbs and sidles for about 30min to Hurunui Hut, a modern hut with sleeping platforms and elevated views over the valley below.
 
 
Hurunui Hut to Hurunui No.3 Hut - 10km / 4-5hr
 
The track descends from the hut through manuka forest to the open flats of the valley floor. About 2/3 of the way, a sign indicates access to a hot pool (look for the steam rising from the stream just before that). Another sign at the pool warns that “Amoebic meningitis is fatal and caused by water entering nasal passages. Do not immerse head”. This stark warning need not deter trampers from an indulgent soak to neck level, a Te Araroa highlight.
Beyond the hot spring the track continues through flats and forest on the Hurunui’s true right all the way to Hurunui No.3 Hut. While one of the original 4 huts on the route, the No.3 Hut remains a comfortable 16 bunk hut.  It has an unusual looking DOC research building nearby.
 
Hurunui No.3 Hut to Locke Stream Hut - 15km / 7hr

Soon after leaving the No. 3 Hut the track crosses Cameron Stream. An emergency 3 wire bridge can be used here to avoid getting wet feet. Continue across the flat towards Cameron Hut (4 bunks). This hut is offers basic emergency accommodation for anyone in need.
Beyond Cameron Flat the track leaves cattle country and ascends towards Harper Pass Bivvy, a cramped 2 bunk box with one tiny window and a helpful sign on the door that reads ‘fire exit’.  
From the Biv the track crosses the Hurunui headwaters and climbs more steeply for ½hr to Harper Pass. Kiwi are present in the area in reasonable numbers and can be heard at night. Watch out for their 3-pronged foot prints as they are sometimes visible where the ground is soft.
On the West Coast side of the Pass the track drops steeply and crosses the Upper Taramakau River to the true right side. It continues down to a swingbridge, which takes trampers to the true left side. From here it is about 1½hr downstream to Locke Stream Hut.
Locke Stream Hut is another Physical Welfare Division classic. It was built in 1940 with hand-hewn timber by 65 year old packman, Sam Burrows. The hut was restored in 1993 through a bequest from Tom Beeston's estate.                                                            

Locke Stream Hut to Morrison footbridge via Aitkens - 23km / 6-8hr

Beyond the hut, travel is down the Taramakau River through bush and open river terraces - though some pieces of track are affected by river damage. Travel is often in the riverbed and can require numerous river crossings that become impassable after heavy rain.
Kiwi Hut (6 bunks) is located approximately half way down the Taramakau (8km/3.5hr from Locke Stream Hut) and a 15min walk from the Kiwi Hut junction.
Look out for DOC markers that point the way on the true right side. After approx 2.5km cross the Taramakau (to the true left) then cross the Otehake River separately. The route is then mainly on the true left all the way down to the sign-posted turn off onto the Flood Track to the Morrison Footbridge - though due to river movement at times travel may be through the riverbed and require crossings. 
Trampers wishing to exit to the Aitkens carpark on SH73 should continue down the Taramakau and then carefully ford the Otira River. 
Meanwhile Te Araroa continues left on the Flood Track for 2hr and joins with the Mingha-Deception Track at the Morrison Footbridge. The Flood Track is poorly formed, through bush and involves a series of sharp climbs and descents along a steep face above the Otira River - when the Otira River is low, walkers may prefer to walk along the riverbed, though carefully judge the water level before attempting this. Cross the footbridge to access SH73. There is a carpark across the road.
From Aickens, turn left for 22km to Arthur's Pass, a small alpine village, or turn right for 73km to Greymouth on the West Coast.
(* see Arthur's Pass shuttle details under "The Sanctuary" accommodation listing)


Deception-Mingha Track

This route forms the mountain run component of the celebrated Coast-to-Coast race. Top athletes complete it in around 3 hours. On the Deception side the track is rough and not regularly marked. However, in good conditions it is a reasonable route which most trampers take 2 days to complete. The route involves many river crossing so is vulnerable to bad weather. Don’t attempt it in heavy rain or when heavy rain is forecast. Come prepared to wait out flood conditions. The area is home to rare and protected blue duck/whio. DOC asks for sightings to be reported  to staff at the Visitor Centre in Arthur’s Pass.

SH73 – Goat Pass Hut - 18.5km / 8-9hr

Cross the Otira River on the Morrison footbridge and follow the Deception River up the true right side across river flats. Cross to the true left and follow rock cairns through the lower gorge, re-crossing the river where necessary. Continue up to Good Luck Creek. Upper Deception Hut, which is easy to miss, is located a short distance beyond on the true right side.
Beyond the hut trampers can pick their way upwards, mostly in the riverbed though there are some small tracked portions under bush cover. There is a final steep climb over rough terrain to get up to the Goat Pass Hut (20 bunks), located a short distance below the pass itself. This hut has a radio link to DOC’s visitor’s centre at Arthur’s Pass, which trampers can use to obtain weather forecasts and other information.
 
 
Goat Pass Hut to SH73 Bealey River - 9.5km / 5hr

From the hut the track improves significantly  but still has many river crossings. The track crosses Goat Pass on boardwalk sections then descends towards the bushline into the Mingha Valley. The track departs the river course towards Dudley’s Knob to avoid a difficult gorge and continues down to the Lower Mingha flats. Look for a safe crossing of the Bealey River near its confluence with the Mingha River and continue down towards Greyney Shelter Campsite on SH73. The track line rises to the road along the way.
Potential Hazards
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)

This tramp follows an historic crossing of the Southern Alps at Harper Pass (962m).  

Maori used the route to access pounamu (greenstone) on the West Coast and European settlers used it for access and supply purposes during the gold rush of in the 1860s. Harper Pass is named after Leonard Harper who at 20 years of age became the first European to cross the pass and reach the West Coast in 1857.

The route fell into disuse from 1867 following the development of an alternative route through Arthur’s Pass, which provided more direct access to the Coast.
In the 1930s the track was reopened and 4 substantial huts were constructed by the Physical Welfare Division of the Department of Internal Affairs in an attempted to recreate the Milford Track’s model for tourism success. While the Harper Pass Track has never reached the Milford Track’s status it still affords a quality tramping experience of relative ease. 
On the West Coast side of Harper Pass the route requires numerous crossings of the Taramakau and Otehake Rivers. Trampers with river-crossings skills and experience will find these rivers passable in normal to low flows but impassable when river levels are high. Extra food should be carried to enable trampers backtrack or to wait until river levels subside.
In a number of areas, this route requires a lot of self-navigation as it is not fully marked. Generally this is straight-forward though you'll want to be carrying GPS, maps and compass to assist you.
Note: The traditional Harper Pass Track starts at Windy Point and ends at Aickens.
 
St James Car Park (Boyle Village) to Hope-Kiwi Lodge - 26.5km / 8hr
 
Follow the Tui Track sign and markers to the highway and then on the landward side of the fence on the left to a driveway leading to the old Boyle Base Hut. Cross the road here and follow the markers down to a terrace, and then along to the Boyle River. 
If safe to cross, ford the Boyle River where markers indicate and continue down the true right bank on river flats to the confluence with the Doubtful River.
 
If the river can't be crossed safely then back-track and continue down on the road shoulder for about 2hr to the sign-post marking the entrance road to the Lake Sumner Forest Park at Windy Point. You will pass the Engineers Camp along the way. There is a car park and shelter at Windy Point, a short distance down the entrance road. This marks the alternative, and traditional, start point to the Harper Pass Track.
 
After fording the Doubtful River where marked the track continues down the true right of the Boyle River and joins a farm track that leads onwards to a deer fence. Follow this fence around until markers show the track heading uphill through manuka and beech forest towards the main Hope Valley track. Te Araroa joins the Harper Pass Track proper here. Turn right and the track climbs through manuka scrub and farm land to the beech forest’s edge. Once inside the forest the track sidles above the Hope River to Hope Shelter, a basic 6 bunk hut that is old but still in reasonable condition.
Beyond Hope Shelter the track continues through the forest and then breaks out across grassy flats. The track then crosses the Hope River on a swingbridge. Across the bridge there is a junction with the track to St Jacobs Hut. From here Te Araroa heads south on the track to Hope-Kiwi Lodge, situated in a large clearing near the forest edge.

Hope-Kiwi Lodge to Hurunui Hut 5 - 19km / 6hr

Below Hope-Kiwi Lodge the track crosses open cattle flats then climbs through bush towards Kiwi Saddle (677m). A lookout nearby affords good views of Lake Sumner. Beyond the saddle the track descends towards the lake shore and to a swingbridge over Three Mile Stream. Cross the bridge, continue to the lake head and beyond up the Hurunui River’s true left side. Keep to the marked track until it deviates across the valley to another swingbridge, this time over the Hurunui River. Once on the other side of the river the track climbs and sidles for about 30min to Hurunui Hut, a modern hut with sleeping platforms and elevated views over the valley below.
 
 
Hurunui Hut to Hurunui No.3 Hut - 10km / 4-5hr
 
The track descends from the hut through manuka forest to the open flats of the valley floor. About 2/3 of the way, a sign indicates access to a hot pool (look for the steam rising from the stream just before that). Another sign at the pool warns that “Amoebic meningitis is fatal and caused by water entering nasal passages. Do not immerse head”. This stark warning need not deter trampers from an indulgent soak to neck level, a Te Araroa highlight.
Beyond the hot spring the track continues through flats and forest on the Hurunui’s true right all the way to Hurunui No.3 Hut. While one of the original 4 huts on the route, the No.3 Hut remains a comfortable 16 bunk hut.  It has an unusual looking DOC research building nearby.
 
Hurunui No.3 Hut to Locke Stream Hut - 15km / 7hr

Soon after leaving the No. 3 Hut the track crosses Cameron Stream. An emergency 3 wire bridge can be used here to avoid getting wet feet. Continue across the flat towards Cameron Hut (4 bunks). This hut is offers basic emergency accommodation for anyone in need.
Beyond Cameron Flat the track leaves cattle country and ascends towards Harper Pass Bivvy, a cramped 2 bunk box with one tiny window and a helpful sign on the door that reads ‘fire exit’.  
From the Biv the track crosses the Hurunui headwaters and climbs more steeply for ½hr to Harper Pass. Kiwi are present in the area in reasonable numbers and can be heard at night. Watch out for their 3-pronged foot prints as they are sometimes visible where the ground is soft.
On the West Coast side of the Pass the track drops steeply and crosses the Upper Taramakau River to the true right side. It continues down to a swingbridge, which takes trampers to the true left side. From here it is about 1½hr downstream to Locke Stream Hut.
Locke Stream Hut is another Physical Welfare Division classic. It was built in 1940 with hand-hewn timber by 65 year old packman, Sam Burrows. The hut was restored in 1993 through a bequest from Tom Beeston's estate.                                                            

Locke Stream Hut to Morrison footbridge via Aitkens - 23km / 6-8hr

Beyond the hut, travel is down the Taramakau River through bush and open river terraces - though some pieces of track are affected by river damage. Travel is often in the riverbed and can require numerous river crossings that become impassable after heavy rain.
Kiwi Hut (6 bunks) is located approximately half way down the Taramakau (8km/3.5hr from Locke Stream Hut) and a 15min walk from the Kiwi Hut junction.
Look out for DOC markers that point the way on the true right side. After approx 2.5km cross the Taramakau (to the true left) then cross the Otehake River separately. The route is then mainly on the true left all the way down to the sign-posted turn off onto the Flood Track to the Morrison Footbridge - though due to river movement at times travel may be through the riverbed and require crossings. 
Trampers wishing to exit to the Aitkens carpark on SH73 should continue down the Taramakau and then carefully ford the Otira River. 
Meanwhile Te Araroa continues left on the Flood Track for 2hr and joins with the Mingha-Deception Track at the Morrison Footbridge. The Flood Track is poorly formed, through bush and involves a series of sharp climbs and descents along a steep face above the Otira River - when the Otira River is low, walkers may prefer to walk along the riverbed, though carefully judge the water level before attempting this. Cross the footbridge to access SH73. There is a carpark across the road.
From Aickens, turn left for 22km to Arthur's Pass, a small alpine village, or turn right for 73km to Greymouth on the West Coast.
(* see Arthur's Pass shuttle details under "The Sanctuary" accommodation listing)


Deception-Mingha Track

This route forms the mountain run component of the celebrated Coast-to-Coast race. Top athletes complete it in around 3 hours. On the Deception side the track is rough and not regularly marked. However, in good conditions it is a reasonable route which most trampers take 2 days to complete. The route involves many river crossing so is vulnerable to bad weather. Don’t attempt it in heavy rain or when heavy rain is forecast. Come prepared to wait out flood conditions. The area is home to rare and protected blue duck/whio. DOC asks for sightings to be reported  to staff at the Visitor Centre in Arthur’s Pass.

SH73 – Goat Pass Hut - 18.5km / 8-9hr

Cross the Otira River on the Morrison footbridge and follow the Deception River up the true right side across river flats. Cross to the true left and follow rock cairns through the lower gorge, re-crossing the river where necessary. Continue up to Good Luck Creek. Upper Deception Hut, which is easy to miss, is located a short distance beyond on the true right side.
Beyond the hut trampers can pick their way upwards, mostly in the riverbed though there are some small tracked portions under bush cover. There is a final steep climb over rough terrain to get up to the Goat Pass Hut (20 bunks), located a short distance below the pass itself. This hut has a radio link to DOC’s visitor’s centre at Arthur’s Pass, which trampers can use to obtain weather forecasts and other information.
 
 
Goat Pass Hut to SH73 Bealey River - 9.5km / 5hr

From the hut the track improves significantly  but still has many river crossings. The track crosses Goat Pass on boardwalk sections then descends towards the bushline into the Mingha Valley. The track departs the river course towards Dudley’s Knob to avoid a difficult gorge and continues down to the Lower Mingha flats. Look for a safe crossing of the Bealey River near its confluence with the Mingha River and continue down towards Greyney Shelter Campsite on SH73. The track line rises to the road along the way.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Accommodation en route
Hope Kiwi Lodge - 20 bunks
Hurunui Hut - 15 bunks - a modern hut with sleeping platforms and elevated views over the valley below
Hurunui No. 3 Hut - 16 bunks - While one of the original 4 huts on the route, the No. 3 Hut remains a comfortable 16 bunk hut.
Locke Stream Hut - 18 bunks
Kiwi Hut - 6 bunks
DOC's Goat Pass Hut - 20 bunks - This hut has a radio link to DOC’s Visitor’s Centre at Arthur’s Pass, which trampers can use to obtain weather forecasts and other information 

General information
DOC's Arthurs Pass National Park Visitor Centre - SH73, Arthur's Pass - P: 03 318 9211 - E: arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz 
The DOC Visitor Centre can store store parcels for a charge of $10 per parcel - please send to DOC Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre, West Coast Rd SH73, Canterbury 7654.  or Po Box 51008 Arthurs Pass 7654 (Clearly mark the parcel with "<your name>, Te Araroa Walker" and an estimated arrival date). Note the summer opening hours of 8am-5pm daily, parcels cannot be collected outside those hours.

Getting there/away - To Christchurch and Greymouth 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697
West Coast Shuttles - P: 03 768 0028 or 027 492 7488
 
Accommodation
Mountain House, YHA Arthur's Pass - 84 West Coast Road, Arthur's Pass village P: 03 318 9258 E: arthurspass@yha.co.nz
Arthurs Pass Motel and Lodge - 03 318 9099
Arthurs Pass Alpine Motel - Main Rd (SH 73), Arthurs Pass Village, W Coast Rd, Arthur's Pass - P: 0800 900 401 or 03 318 9233
The Sanctuary Arthurs Pass - Main Rd (SH73), Arthurs Pass - P: 0274 662755 - E: bill@thesanctuary.co.nz - Free tent site, free laundry, shower, bounce box facility and kitchen available. Bill also runs a shuttle service to/from Aitken's Corner - pickup 10am at Aitken's, leave Arthur's Pass 9am to return - please book this in advance - $20pp each way.
 
Resupply
Arthurs Pass Alpine Store and Tearooms - P: 03 318 9235 - fuel also available
DOC's Arthurs Pass National Park Visitor Centre - SH73, Arthur's Pass - P: 03 318 9211 - E: arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz 
The DOC Visitor Centre can store store parcels for a charge of $10 per parcel - these to DOC Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre, West Coast Rd SH73, Canterbury 7654. (Clearly mark the parcel with "<your name>, Te Araroa Walker" and an estimated arrival date). Note the summer opening hours of 8am-5pm daily, parcels cannot be collected outside those hours.
 

Greymouth

General information
Greymouth I-SITE Visitor Centre - 1 Mackay St, Greymouth - P: 03 768 5101 - E: info@westcoasttravel.co.nz

Getting there/away 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697
West Coast Shuttles - P: 03 768 0028 or 027 492 7488

Accommodation
YHA Greymouth Kainga-Ra Backpackers - 15 Alexander St, Greymouth - P: 03 768 4951
Global Village Travellers Lodge BBH - 42-54 Cowper St, Greymouth - P: 03 768 7272 
Many other accommodation options are available in Greymouth.

Resupply

New World Supermarket - 128 High St - P: 03 768 4441
Countdown Supermarket - 174 Mawhera Quay - P: 03 769 9210

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No bikes
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided at huts
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • No amenities
  • Car park
  • Accommodation YHA Hamner Springs - see above
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Carpark Aitkens
  • Accommodation Huts
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Shop in Arthurs Pass
  • Accommodation YHA Arthurs Pass - see above
Closest Town(s)
Hamner Springs and Arthur's Pass
Managed by
DOC
Contact
DOC