Packhorse Hut Via Kaituna Valley Track

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Packhorse Hut Via Kaituna Valley Track is a 7.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Christchurch City, Canterbury Region, New Zealand that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
417 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

historic site

no dogs

This well signposted track passes by a farm, following vehicle tracks up a native bush-filled valley. Be prepared for wet feet as you cross several small streams. The track eventually climbs steeply onto a big spur. It then follows the open spur for some distance before reaching a farm track through the Parkinsons Bush Reserve. This leads to the saddle and the historic stone Packhorse Hut, well situated for the views. Packhorse Hut makes a great place for a sheltered lunch stop if completing this walk in a day. There are great views along the track of Kaitorete Spit and the South Coast. The track links with the longer Te Ara Pātaka track. The Packhorse Hut is a bookable hut. All hut users will need to have a valid booking via the DOC online booking system. If you want to use a Backcountry Hut Pass or hut tickets as payment, make a booking through the Christchurch Visitor Centre. See "Facilities" for more info on booking and costs. This track is open year round but all other tracks to/from Packhorse Hut are closed for lambing from 8 August – 15 September.

hiking
5 months ago

A good relatively short but steep trail. Takes about 1 hour and 40 mins - 2 hours to get up. The hut is awesome, one of the best I've seen in terms of size and kept in good condition.