Hawdon Valley


Hawdon Valley


Arthurs Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand


Tramping route up riverbed






This is officially a "route" and not a track. From the Hawdon Shelter there are large orange triangles marking the route up the riverbed. DoC is currently active in the area and it is relatively easy to follow their quad bike trails. Otherwise there are widely spaced poles with orange markers showing the route. You will need to cross the river several times so you will get your feet wet. The water is very cold! The route will be unsuitable to attempt after heavy rain. The route shown goes up to a junction with another river tributary. It was at this point I lost the marker poles, however there is a hut nearby. Anyone attempting to go further should be properly equipped with maps and compass. However, the river junction has flat grassy areas and is a pleasant spot for a picnic.

The track is 6 km, so allow 1.5 hours to walk each way.

DoC is active in this valley trapping pests to encourage several rare species of native birds to breed, including the Orange-Fronted Parakeet and Yellowhead (Mohua).

Hawdon valley riverbed

Getting there

Turn of SH73 on to Riversdale Road and follow the signposts across a bridge to Hawdon Shelter. The road is unsealed after leaving SH73.

Other notes

There are toilets at the Hawdon Shelter and camping is permitted, but there is little else so you will need to be self-sufficient with food and drink, etc.





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24 Dec 2010 by ledzep

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