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on Mueller Hut

no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
17 days ago

A tough hike but the views are totally worth it! I found the first half up to Sealy Tarns physically harder than the last half, so don't be discouraged. Completed this track in November and there was a bit of snow at the top. The snow was sticky so crampons (you can rent some in the village) were more of a nice to have. They make going down the snow a lot safer and easier. There was also drinking water at the hut when I was there.

hiking
29 days ago

Long consistent up hill. It's a service road for the hut and not all that interesting, but the access to further trails from the hut and passed the summit are worth it. 360 views of the coast to the east, farmland in the valleys to the south and mountain ranges to the west. We returned via the trail that drops down Spaniards spur just south of the hut. That's steep but reasonably well marked with a couple of river crossings that could be unmanageable after high snow melt or recent rain but a welcome change to the service road.

great trail, very windy. too bad there was a detour over the logging-road for 2km because of logging.

Great tracks. The trees in the forest are different along South Ridge and Deer Spur. I recommend to do clockwise. South Ridge Track is steeper and harder. It may be too hard to go down along South Ridge.

Great trail with beautiful views. Also passing river, water caves, waterfalls and emerald pools (great for swimming in summer). We took the miners track up, and the rhyolite ridge track down, but I would do it the other way around if I would do the track again - rhyolite is very rocky and a very steep decline.

Very hard. Go when it's not wet as but muddy some parts and a climb over rocks towards the summit.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This was a great walking track. Follow the DOC directions. The track starts just before the ford. Drive down pass the sign on the gate stating 4WD only for ford crossing. There is a room for parking by the start of the walking track.

Great trail. A bit steeper than I imagined it would be but the views were sensational and well worth it

This is one of my favorite little huts in the area. It's a steep way up the track. But the hut has a great overlook just a few minutes away. This makes for a sweet spot to watch the sunrise!

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked out to the Wharfedale hut a few times. It's a great little hike with a small & cozy hut at the end.

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

One of my best hikes in New Zealand. Sometimes muddy, little shade. I made the loop in 1 day (normally 6h but being very slow and taking a lot of breaks, I did it in 8h) The views are exceptional, the photos can never show the beauty of this hike. Very difficult for me aside rhyolite ridge (but be careful I'm pretty beginner hiking).

hiking
1 month ago

well worth the uphill hike

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect views at the top. Decent climb to get up. Easy track to follow. Plan it when there is no Northerly winds! Good footwear for grip is very handy!!! Running shoes will slip and slide at points.

We did a loop on the various tracks around Mt Somers for a bit of variation. We started at Woolshed Ck carpark and stayed at Woolshed Creek Hut for the night; an immaculate hut. A short walk there then we dropped our packs and walked to the water caves before returning to the hut. In the morning we left our packs at the hut and walked to the Saddle and on to one of the top peaks. The wind was incredible at the top, but it was a great walk and nice to do without our packs. We packed up from the hut, then proceeded back to the carpark via the 'bus stop'. Overall, a lovely challenging trail. Much variation in terrain. Beech forest, steep rocky sections, flat tussock stretches, rocky creek bed views, side walks, gorgeous views of snow capped mountains, long swing bridge to cross.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

We did this hike in 2 days in the way : car park - Fyffe hut - kowai hut - car park. Really beautiful and various sceneries, nice ridges as well. The descending towards the saddle is really really steep and rocky and you will certainly slip. You have to cross several times the river between kowai hut and the car park. I recommend to do this hike by the way we did it. Don't underestimate the time and start early this is a long and difficult walk but it worth it !

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views, nice walk. recommend 100%

Little Mount Peel (1311m) loop track. Started on the left side (South Ridge Track), pretty challenging, especially with the snow and ice. And a bit of rock climbing in the end. ~5km, 3h30 Way down using the Deer Spur. Easier track, well maintained. ~4km, 2h

A good short fitness walk.

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