Wills Hut

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Wills Valley Track, Mount Aspiring National Park, South Island

0276 291 012

mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz

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Description

This is a standard four-bunk hut in the South Westland area. Bookings not required - first come, first served This track is for experienced trampers and starts at the Gates of Haast Bridge. From State Highway 6 the track drops down under the Gates of Haast Bridge then traverses across a large slip before climbing back up into forest. Avoiding the sting of native nettle, follow the old bridle trail for about 10 minutes. At this point the track branches off to climb then sidle above the Wills Gorges west side until reaching a smaller slip. To keep on the track stay high on the slip to reach a steel ladder and climb the small rock bluff. Continue through the forest, cross several small slips, then descend to a large grassy river flat where the marked track ends. Wills Hut is on the true left, on a small river terrace close to the bush edge; about 40 minutes from the start of the flat. There is an impressive narrow gorge an hour beyond the hut and well worth a visit. If you are going to the head of the valley you can easily by-pass the gorge by climbing up and sidling around to the east. A climb up onto the Bealey Range, at 980 metres, starts directly opposite the hut. This is an interesting day trip that offers panoramic views. A three- to four-day tramp over Wilson Pass to the Hunter Valley is also possible. Dogs are not permitted. Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

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Lat: -44.040648 Lng: 169.463446

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