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Arthurs Pass - Xmas/New Year 2021

  • 27 Dec 2021
  • 12:30 PM
  • 4 Jan 2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • Arthurs Pass


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27 December 2021 – 4 January 2022

Please note:  You MUST be a paid up member to register. 

The Christmas Tramp this year will be held in Arthurs Pass. This is an alpine region in the central part of the Southern Alps; the main road from Christchurch to the West Coast  and the Trans-Alpine Train  both cross the area. There are several large rivers, the Out Parties will have to ford some of these.

Home Party: $640

Out Parties:
A: $420

B: $375

C: $420

A deposit of $100 is due by 30 June, the balance by 31 October.

The exact Out Party compositions may be subject to  change depending on who registers for each trip,  the finalisation of trip leaders and assessment for suitability against experience / equipment / fitness  by those leaders and the Club Safety Officer. 

This process may require some flexibility in preferred Out Party option and the moving from one Out party to another.  Persons considered unsuitable will not be permitted to take part.  Please do not book flights until your registration to participate is confirmed.  

There are three Out Parties of 6 people, each will have two different routes:

Party A: (M/F):Harpers Pass (5 days) and

Avalanche Peak/Crow Hut(2 days) Cost: $420

Party B: (M/F):

Edwards-Hawdon Valley (3 days)  and

Avalanche Peak - Carrington Hut  (5 days) Cost:  $375

Party C:  (M/F):

Mingha - Deception Valleys (3 days) and

Cass-Lagoon Saddle (4 days)  Cost:  $420

Home Party: (M): Cost $640

The Home Party of 12 people will be based in Arthurs Pass Village and have a variety of one day tramps, with the option of an overnight tramp. Base camp is the  Arthurs Pass Alpine Motel; the Home Party will stay here, the Out Parties will also stay here for two or three nights.

All Out Party huts are on a “first come, first served” basis and cannot be booked.  Tents will need to be carried.  Members of the Out Parties will be responsible for meeting the cost of hut accommodation themselves, either with DOC Hut tickets or a Back Country Hut Pass. (Tickets and passes are both available from Bivouac Outdoor store.) Note that we will be using different types of huts: basic (free), standard Blue ticket ($5 per night) and serviced Green ticket ($15). Out Party B will also have the option of staying at one of the huts owned by the Canterbury Mountain Club; these cost $10 per person per night, payment to CMC.

The three out parties will be walking for between four and nine hours each day in rugged country, some of it above the bushline. Members of these parties should be physically fit and well-equipped. Heavy rain would make the rivers impassible and would definitely affect our plans, in this situation a degree of flexibility would be required. Group leaders should have a plan ‘B’ and even a plan ‘C.’

To help prepare members for the Out Party Trips the Club is running a River Crossing Course through Outdoor Training NZ on the 7th November 2021. (See Website for details to Register).
This course is designed for trampers - to help develop river safety skills including hazard assessment and river crossing techniques.

27 December 2021 (Monday)

12:00 noon  Depart from Christchurch Airport.

We will have three hired vehicles. The Out Parties will be dropped off at the departure points for their tramps, the Home Party will check in to the motel and then have a short walk.

27 December – 3 January
Program for each group as described below.

3 January 2022

All parties return to Arthurs Pass Village.
6 pm  Farewell dinner at
the Bealey Hotel

4 January (Tuesday)
9 am:
Return to Christchurch Airport in our hired vans, to arrive before noon.

Harpers Pass
route; we plan to walk this route from west to east. The major river crossings are on the first day; if there has been heavy rain just before we start, the group should start at the eastern end instead.
Maps; Moana BU20, Haupiri BU21, Lake Sumner BU22, Boyle BU23

27 December

The vehicle will drop them off at  Aickens carpark on SH73, 5 km west of Otira township. There is a walk of 3-4 hours mostly over grassy flats to Kiwi Hut (8 bunks, standard Blue ticket). This walk includes crossing the Otira, Otehake and Taramakau rivers.

28 December

Kiwi Hut – Locke Stream Hut – Hurunui No. 3 Hut (8 – 10 hours)
From Kiwi Hut to Locke Stream Hut takes 2-3 hours following the river (this could be done on the 27th if time permits). Locke Stream Hut has 18 bunks (standard Blue ticket ). From Locke Stream Hut walk upstream for 3 km, the track then becomes steeper and rises to Harper Pass (962m). The track then drops steeply to Harper Pass bivvy, then becomes easier as it enters beech forest. Pass Camerons Hut (4 bunks, “showing its age”) and continue to Hurunui No. 3 Hut (16 bunks, standard Blue ticket).

29 December
Hurunui No. 3 to Hurunui Hut (4 hours)
Follow grassy flats along the valley floor, over the flats or in the forest. There is a short side track to some hot springs. The Hurunui Hut has 15 bunks, standard Blue ticket.

30 December
Hurunui Hut to Hope Kiwi Lodge (6 hours)
From the hut the track descends to a swing bridge across the Hurunui River. Cross the Matagouri Flats and turn right (eastwards) to follow the track just to the north of Lake Sumner, over Kiwi Saddle and down to the swampy grasslands and Hope Kiwi Lodge (20 bunks, serviced Green ticket).

31 December
Hope Kiwi Lodge – Lewis Pass Highway (5-6 hours)
Walk through grassy river flats and beech forest on the north bank of the Kiwi River and reach the Lewis Pass Road (SH7) at Windy Point, a few Kilometers south of Boyle village.

In mid-afternoon a vehicle should collect the group and bring them to Arthurs Pass Village.

1 January 2022

Arthurs Pass village; rest day or join the Home Party.

Avalanche Peak – Crow Valley

Map: Otira BV 20

2 January
Avalanche Peak-Crow Hut (5-6 hours)
From the village walk up Scotts Track to Avalanche Peak, then descend steep scree slopes to Crow Valley Hut (10 bunks, standard Blue ticket).

3 January
Walk from the hut to Klondyke Corner (4 hours)
The group should be picked up around midday and return to Arthurs Pass Village.


Edwards – Hawdon Valleys via Tarn Col

“This interesting tramp and route takes you through spectacular rock falls, past mountain tarns and over two alpine passes. The picturesque hanging valley at Walker Pass is a fitting reward and worth every step over Taruahuna Pass and the steep climb up to Tarn Col.”
Maps: Otira BV20, Cass BV21

27 December

Road to Edwards Hut (4-5 hours)
The vehicle will bring the group to Greyneys Shelter, 5 km south of Arthurs Pass Village.  Ford the Bealey River and follow the Edwards Hut Track up to Edwards Hut (16 bunks, serviced Green ticket)

28 December

Edwards Hut – Hawdon Hut (6-9 hours)
Continue walking up Edwards River to Taruahuna Pass, then there is a very steep climb up to Tarn Col (1368m). Drop down to the Otehake River East Branch, cross the Walker Pass (1095m) and reach Hawdon Hut (20 bunks, serviced Green ticket)

29 December
Hawdon Hut – Hawdon Shelter (3 hours)
Walk down the Hawdon River (some crossings will be required) to meet the road near Mt White Bridge.
Pick-up and return to Arthurs Pass Village.

Avalanche Peak-Carrington Hut

Map; Otira BV20

30 December
Avalanche Peak-Crow Hut (5-6 hours). From the Village walk up Scotts Track to Avalanche Peak, then descend steep scree slopes to Crow Valley Hut (10 bunks, standard Blue ticket).

31 December
Crow Hut – Carrington Hut (6 hours)
Follow the Crow River south to its junction with the Waimakariri River, ford the river and walk upstream to the Carrington Hut (36 bunks, serviced Green ticket).

1 January
Day trip to Waimakariri Falls Hut (6 – 10 hours return)

2 January
Day trip to White River (6 – 7 hours return)

Alternative programme for 1 and 2 January; stay the night of 1 January at either Waimakariri Falls Hut or Barker Hut in the White Valley (both huts owned by Canterbury Mountaineering Club) and return to Carrington Hut on the 2nd.

3 January

Carrington Hut – Klondyke Corner (4 – 6 hours)
Walk back along the Waimakariri River to Klondyke Corner on SH73.
Pick-up and return to Arthurs Pass Village.


Mingha-Deception (east to west)

Map; Otira BV20

27 December
Road – Goat Pass Hut (5 hours)
The vehicle will bring the group to Greyneys Shelter, 5 km south of Arthurs Pass Village.  Ford the Bealey River and walk up the Mingha River to Goat Pass Hut (20 bunks, standard Blue ticket)

28 December
Goat Pass Hut – Upper Deception Hut (3 - 4 hours)
From Goat Pass Hut backtrack 1 km and walk up to Lake Mavis, then descend, recross Goat Pass (1070m) and continue to Upper Deception Hut (6 bunks, basic free)

29 December
Upper Deception River – SH73 (7 – 8 hours)
Follow the Deception River down stream (passing warm, sulphur-smelling springs) to the road at Morrisons Footbridge. Transport to Arthurs Pass Village.

30 December
Arthurs Pass Village; rest day or join Home Party

Cass-Lagoon Saddle
Maps; Otira BV20, Cass BV21, Lake Coleridge BW20

31 December
Cass – Cass Saddle Hut (4 hours) – Hamilton Hut (2½ hours)
Drop-off at Cass, walk up the Cass River, which has to be crossed several times. Stay at Cass Saddle Hut (3 bunks, basic free) or, if time permits, continue to Hamilton Hut (20 bunks, serviced Green ticket)

1 January

Day trip to the Pinnacles (5 hours return)
From Hamilton Hut make a day trip along the Harper Valley Track (now part of the Te Araroa Trail) to the Pinnacles. Stay at Hamilton Hut (serviced Green ticket) .

2 January
Hamilton Hut – Lagoon Saddle Hut (5 hours)
Follow Harper River upstream, trip notes state that there are several fine swimming holes along the way, also a short side trip to Mirror Tarn. Pass West Harper Hut (5 bunks, basic free) and stay at/near Lagoon Saddle Hut (2 bunks, basic free).

3 January
Lagoon Saddle Hut – road (2 – 3 hours)
Walk through tussock on north side of Mt Bruce then drop to the road near Bealey Spur. Pick-up and return to Arthurs Pass Village.

Maps: Otira BV20

Detailed programme to be drawn up in consultation with participants. There will be a variety of one day walks of varying degrees of challenge, including Avalanche Peak, Temple Basin, Bealey Spur and Mt Aicken; there will also be an overnight option (Avalanche Peak – Crow Hut
(10 bunks, standard Blue ticket - however this may require carrying a tent) and a one-day road trip to Greymouth/Punakaiki.

A list of recommended equipment will be found elsewhere on this website. Members of the Out Parties are required to bring tents as there is no guarantee that we will be able to stay in huts. You should also have a good pack-liner to ensure that contents of the pack do not get wet when fording rivers.

Home Party: $640

Out Parties:
A $420

B: $375

C: $420

A deposit of $100 is due by 30 June, the balance by 31 October.

Organiser:  Chris Bilham  022 657 3837

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