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Beautiful day walk

Amazing walk! Starts off winding uphill through beautiful native forest, then out onto the grassy... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2020
TheVeggieCoeliac
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Brampton, United Kingdom
Great hike - a little too sunny and too steep at the end

Hiked here with our fantastic Backroads group. We made it the musterers hut - had a nice picnic... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2020
RandiFayeC
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Longwood, Florida
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Reviewed 6 June 2020

Amazing walk! Starts off winding uphill through beautiful native forest, then out onto the grassy tops. Even from part way up you can get amazing views up and down the valley, with mountains in all directions. Carry on up across a bog and through more forest until you get to the Bealey Hut where you can stay overnight (check DOC website for payment/rules). There is a toilet here and drinking water from a tank, although they suggest you boil the water before drinking. You don't get good views from the hut, but if you have time I would recommend continuing on across the grassy clearing, through the forest and out onto the ridgeline at the top. There are good views from anywhere on this ridgeline, but for the best views, keep going up until you get to the big stone cairn. Breathtaking 360 degree views from up there! Some people continued their walk further along the ridge from that point, but as it was very cold and windy, I headed back down the same way I came.

This is a long walk (5-6 hours) which does go quite steeply uphill, so be aware of that when planning your day. I would recommend proper sturdy hiking boots to save your feet and prevent twisted ankles. The path was also quite wet in several areas when I went, so keep that in mind.

Date of experience: May 2020
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Reviewed 18 March 2020

Hiked here with our fantastic Backroads group. We made it the musterers hut - had a nice picnic, chatted with lovely ladies (seniors) from Australia and decided to stop there. The last mile is really steep but we heard the views were awesome.
It was very sunny - make sure you have sunscreen.

Date of experience: February 2020
Thank RandiFayeC
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Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

It had snowed fairly heavily the night before so the usual trail was hidden, but the are marked poles to guide you do this wasn't a massive problem.

The track starts by going through a fair bit of somewhat swampy forest with some sections requiring you to walk over logs lying in fairly deep puddles, then after a while takes you further into larger, clearer areas exposed to snow. It starts quite rocky, with water flowing down the track, then gradually becomes more snowy (and occasionally icy) after you leave the denser forest and continue up towards the hut.

Definitely wear walking boots in winter (ideally waterproof) and take a good waterproof jacket as the weather is quite changeable up there.

As long as you're reasonably fit you'll be rewarded with some amazing views!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Daniel L
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Reviewed 6 April 2019 via mobile

We hiked this on a day when it was raining all around us, but not here. The lodge where we were staying had told us this track often was spared some of the western rains. The hike involved some climbing, but nothing too difficult. And there are some views going up to the hut (the endpoint), but not from the hut.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 April 2019 via mobile

Allow a full day for a return trip. It's a solid walk that moves up a steady incline to the flat spot to the old hutt. To get to the top for the most amazing 360 views you have another 45-60 minutes of steep rocky uneven ground. It's difficult to find a track from here. There was a snow melt and you had to pick a track through bogg and a bit of snow on the ground. I almost gave up but glad I kept going thanks to my sons encouragement. Requires a good level of fitness. Do training on steps and hills and wear tramping boots. One of the best views you'd find but not an easy one day track. Picture taken sitting at top of spur.

Date of experience: October 2018
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