Mount Brown Track is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length5.0 miElevation gain3,211 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Katarina Renaldi
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HikingMuddy

2.5 hours to the top (daypack/light overnight) with great views of Lake Kaniere and the Tasman sea at sunset. Went up on a cloudy day which cleared just for sunset toward the west but unfortunately didn't open up to the east for views toward the southern alps. This would be a pretty muddy/slippy track after some rain but it wasn't bad for the west coast when I went up on 25/3/21. I sweat more than I ever have on a trail on this track, but worth it!

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Katie Callen
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Hiking

Pouring rain but great hike! Entrance was hard to find but just stay right of the river. Started out with a nice warm up and then straight up, fun to climb a bit. Protected by the bush from the rain and then it was wide open which just made us walk a bit faster. Lovely hut, it does have a little fireplace and 4 bunks

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Tara Willans
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HikingGreat!

Easily the most rewarding overnight hike in New Zealand. Took us 4 hours to get up in the rain, very slippery and slow going, about 3 hours down as again very slippery. Not heating so bring warm clothes and a stove to make hot tea if going up in bad weather. We waited out the cloud the following day and so glad we did. One of the best views I’ve seen, the gorgeous orange hut with the backdrop of lake kaniere and the coastline. So worth the challenging hike up.

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Tayla Hampton
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

Amazing walk! The scenery was incredible. It rained most of the way down but still enjoyable. Make sure you have good shoes as the path can be a bit muddy. Definitely recommend

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Francine Boer
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail through magical forest! The last 30 minutes are in tussock. If you're staying the night make sure to bring some dry sticks when you're still in the Bush, you'll be happy later on stunning scenery which blew my mind, definitely worth the climb.

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Emma Rhoads
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Went up from Geo creek for the night and back down the same way. 2h30 up 2h down. Very muddy and slippery—a bit overgrown in some places. I lost the track at two points and did a bit of a scramble to get back on. Recommend GPS for it or to be a careful following track. Overall lovely views and hut!

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Austin Taterka
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HikingClosedMuddyOver grownWashed out

Do not attempt to do the loop! The trail up is challenging and took me 2.5 hours. It more like 2.8 miles to the hut from the car park. There was cloud cover, so there were no views on the day I went up. The connector track to the Styx Track is bad. Steeper than the way up, overgrown, poorly marked, muddy, slippery, and dangerous. It took me 3 hours to get to the Styx Track. The Styx Track is a quad bike track, so it's wide and fairly flat. HOWEVER, about 500m of the Styx Track is completely washed out and there's no way around it. I had no emergency beacon or phone service, so I had to cross the river twice. It was waist deep, swift, and frigid. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS. I was stupid and I got lucky. I won't be back on the trail without an emergency beacon.

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Christopher Merkle
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Hiking

Fantastic trail! Well marked. It took us roughly 3,5h to get up, 2 to get down. There is a lot of climbing involved, be prepared. It was cloudy when we reached the peak, so we couldn't see a thing. You can sleep in the hut on top, there's even a chimney for colder season. We heard there's another track down, if you are not into going down the same way.

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John Shay
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Well worth the trip if you're fairly fit, the views are stunning and the hut at the top is well maintained by volunteers. Approx 3.5 hours up from the western side. There's another track up/down on the east/southeast side near the main road.

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Sara Chapelle
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Daniel Siftanc
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Hiking
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Florian Pivotsky
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Hiking
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