Jo and Mike Gallen Homestay at 48 Brandon Hall Rd, 500m off trail. But if you are not going to the lodge take care to turn off the cycleway down to the lake where the track, signposted as Tarnbrae Track, is marked with poles. Tekapo is within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, where light pollution is strictly controlled to enable exceptional views of the heavens at night. 5 but known simply as Hurunui) from Hurunui Hut No. The lakes here are turquoise, the mountain views scintillating. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. After 5km turn right onto Tekapo Canal Rd and to the canal end. It goes through an arboretum planted in 1933 that contains an extensive collection of conifers from around the world. An alternative is the old route with some lovely camping spots along the lake and the historic Telegraph Hut. The new route follows instead a canal from just before the Pukaki Power Station all the way to Tekapo. This is straightforward road walking, though you can cut the corner once you see traffic on the main road from Pukaki to Tekapo and head across unfenced land toward the point there the power lines to your left converge with the shelter belt of pine trees in the distance. This affords great views, and is a long, gentle climb up to the pass. The river valley is narrow at times and the going becomes very rough and difficult, as well as slow. At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. Do your bit and build up the crumbling ones. The first section in the Haketere Conservation Park is along the Clearwater Track from the Haketere Potts Rd car park to Buick’s Bridge on the Haketere Heron Rd (5 hrs 15, 20.5 km from the car park). Canterbury is a mix of flat fields and mountains. It’s a great view out over the Rakaia from the saddle, and you may be able to watch south-bound TA hikers puffing their way up. The route is clearly marked most of the way. Check the present river level on the Environment Canterbury (ECAN) website. Pines down one side offer some shelter. Walk along the lake front to the corner where the road branches away southeast. It would be a useful guide for any summer multiday tramping/hiking. There is now cellphone reception here. Here marker poles lead you down to the left towards the lake a little (not, as shown on the TA and NZ Topo maps, uphill). There is no camping permitted in the Lake Coleridge area except at the head of the lake at Harper Village. When you skirt Lake Ruataniwha there are a couple of diversions marked with poles that get you closer to the turquoise waters of the lake. To reach this route you take the 4WD track up to the left that is marked Rex Simpson Memorial Hut soon after Camp Stream Hut, and turn off it at right when you are on the ridge. Hope Shelter is a 6 bunk hut 2 hours down the track, and is really a hut rather than just a shelter. 25. This and three other huts on the track have historic significance. A DoC visitor centre sells camping gas and is a good place to get a weather forecast (don’t rely on them having gas in stock on the day you are there, though maybe they will hold one for you if you call in advance: 03 318-9211, email@example.com). Marlborough trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying; Marlborough region trail maps . But you are sleeping in historical relics. Whether this is legal is unclear (The McKenzine District Council has a brochure on freedom camping, but it is not explicit about tent camping, though seems to suggest you can’t camp anywhere on council land without a self-contained campervan). Make your aim point Klondyke Corner campsite, 8 km south of Arthur’s Pass village, which you may be able to locate in the distance by the white shapes of campervans. Then it is down a steep bank to the hut (3 hrs, 12 km from Buick’s Bridge). Before the final peak on the ridge, Beuzenberg Peak, you turn off to the right to join up with the valley track to Stagg Saddle. It is a 5 min walk to the Cora Lynn car park, and a bit further down the road to SH73. The app features all of the trail notes, GPS map, and more. Accommodation ranges from $35 up to $55 for the TA ‘Boyle Overnighter’ which includes a free pizza, can of soft drink, free wifi, shower and free food parcel storage. However, Coleridge Village is a pleasant place for a stay, and is. Possibly the easiest alternative might be to cross the Morrison Footbridge and travel down alongside the road (I don’t know how easy this is) to the Windy Point corner and Aickens car park (just north of the horizontal grid line 5264), and cross the Ōtira River on the line marked on the map. Greyneys Shelter campsite to Upper Deception Hut (6 bunks): 6 hrs, 11.5 km (maps 98, 97), Note that the Deception River is on the annual, 39. There is a large basic DoC campsite (Avalanche Creek Campsite) with ten tent sites, a large shelter for cooking and toilets on the Bealey River side of the village by the restaurant. His homestead is long gone, but its site is marked at the school house grounds. One thing I would add is don’t just take out your own rubbish but pick up other people’s. Arthur’s Pass has a café but they no longer sell groceries, though you could buy a sandwich for lunch the next day. The turn off to the left on the way down takes you to Arthurs Pass Eco Lodge. It is about 1.5 hours to Upper Deception Hut, an older style of hut which is hidden in the bush at right, so you need to watch for the sign. The will accept bounce boxes for $10. It’s road walking all the way on a busy road to the Bealey Hotel. Twizel has a medium sized Four Square supermarket (27 Market Place) and an outdoors shop (Southern Alps Outdoors) in the shopping mall where you can buy gas. Note that the Deception River is on the annual Coast to Coast Race that’s held in early February and you won’t want to be there when hundreds of trail runners come up it. Mānuka Hut to Double Hut 6km; Double Hut to Comyns Hut 17 km. Once you do have to walk alongside the main road there is very little road margin and a lot of traffic. The DoC brochure on the route also instructs you to stay right, keeping on the true left bank of the river as far as Otehake River and crossing the Taramakau above here. You could possibly make quicker progress going down the river bed than along the bush track, but there will be river crossings involved. Another 3 hrs eventually brings you to the sign pointing to Kiwi Hut, which is well into the bush at left. There is an honesty box near the main road entrance further along for your fee ($8 as of 2020). Rangitata to Rakaia River via Hakatere Conservation Park: 72.5 km, 3 days. – 160 Main St, Methven, 0800 684 888; 03 302 8106. A DoC visitor centre sells camping gas and is a good place to get a weather forecast (don’t rely on them having gas in stock on the day you are there, though maybe they will hold one for you if you call in advance: 03 318-9211, firstname.lastname@example.org). The land is on Glenthorne Station and you are asked to strictly stick to the trail. Stay safe and don’t risk trying to get water out of the canal. This guide assumes a good level of familiarity with New Zealand tramping and conditions. The tussock is especially thick in places. Nor think that the large valley to your right is your destination. From here you join an unsealed road and it is a long, mostly flat, slog around the lake with little shelter. There is a steep climb in scree to the 1500m saddle before the hut and then a reasonably easy descent down through tussock to the hut, which is positioned on a spur to give a great view down Bush Stream to the Rangitata River. Since returning to Christchurch, I have been elected to the committee of the North Canterbury branch for F&B, and with a group of equally like-minded and passionate volunteers, we are working hard for nature. Nor are there any shops at either Lake Coleridge Village or Harper Village. Advance arrangements should also be made regarding parcels, as the mailing address is a Christchurch one. Once you start up the eastern side of the lake it is road walking all the way, with tar seal to the power station and then gravel. BeSpoke Bike Tours, 16 Murray Place, Tekapo, 021 151 3742. This is cycling country and you could arrange to pick up a bike at the lodge from an operator further north (see under section 25 for some names). Hope Kiwi Lodge to Boyle Village: 8 hrs, 25 km (maps 93, 92), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), 3D view north-west: Tekapo to Rangitata River, 3D view north-west: Rangitata River to Rakaia River, Lake Coleridge Country Style Accommodation, 3D view north-west: Rakaia River to Bealey, YMCA Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre, 3D view west: Bealey to Kiwi Hut via Deception-Mingha Track, 3D view north-west: Kiwi Hut to Boyle via Harpers Pass. Harper River campsite to Hamilton Hut (20 bunks): 6.5 hrs, 19 km (maps 100, 99), 37. , a sheltered cooking area, but if you are staying there – 03 7082! You every now and then end in river fords up much of the rest of the valley only. 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