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Frew / Toaroha Saddles Track

huts, nature, trampingAmanda RogersComment
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Looking back a whole 23 kilometres to the Whitcombe at the day’s end

Looking back a whole 23 kilometres to the Whitcombe at the day’s end

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Bluff Hut. A great place to wait out some wild weather; library, woodburner and dramatic perch above the valley

Bluff Hut. A great place to wait out some wild weather; library, woodburner and dramatic perch above the valley

Your classic house sized boulder

Your classic house sized boulder

Sir Robert Creek headwaters

Sir Robert Creek headwaters

Sir Robert Hut

Sir Robert Hut

A quick side trip to Poet Hut

A quick side trip to Poet Hut

The Mungo, just above the Brunswick Creek junction and a rather scary river crossing.

The Mungo, just above the Brunswick Creek junction and a rather scary river crossing.

Mungo Hut and valley

Mungo Hut and valley

Toaroha Saddle Bivvy

Toaroha Saddle Bivvy

On the homeward stretch. The Toaroha, just downstream from Top Toaroha Hut.

On the homeward stretch. The Toaroha, just downstream from Top Toaroha Hut.

Crystal Bivvy

Crystal Bivvy

Dave on Yeats Ridge, thinking about Pipi Pizza and beer.

Dave on Yeats Ridge, thinking about Pipi Pizza and beer.

Turk, Crown Range

tramping, huts, travelAmanda RogersComment
Crown Range ‘Turk’ (not a yurt, not a tank) is a prototype hut built by Erik Bradshaw, situated on Glencoe station out the back of Arrowtown. Built as a ski-touring base for his family, friends and backcountry travellers, it’s also perfectly situated for overnighting trampers. The solar panels power continuous ventilation, lighting and USB charge; this is a luxurious hut experience complete with hut slippers. Not to mention that the practicals (gas/cooker and utensils) and comforts (a heater and an armchair, carried up by Erik) are taken care of. If I were to add anything, it would be some art, but then you have the form of those surrounding hills and that light…! The longer way up (via Crown Peak) takes 3.5 hours, the short route direct from Bracken Gully up the spur, 2 hours. You could follow the range northward to reach Cardrona in another 4 hours, via Mt. Sale.

Crown Range ‘Turk’ (not a yurt, not a tank) is a prototype hut built by Erik Bradshaw, situated on Glencoe station out the back of Arrowtown. Built as a ski-touring base for his family, friends and backcountry travellers, it’s also perfectly situated for overnighting trampers. The solar panels power continuous ventilation, lighting and USB charge; this is a luxurious hut experience complete with hut slippers. Not to mention that the practicals (gas/cooker and utensils) and comforts (a heater and an armchair, carried up by Erik) are taken care of. If I were to add anything, it would be some art, but then you have the form of those surrounding hills and that light…! The longer way up (via Crown Peak) takes 3.5 hours, the short route direct from Bracken Gully up the spur, 2 hours. You could follow the range northward to reach Cardrona in another 4 hours, via Mt. Sale.

Crown Peak views of Wanaka (that bluey valley) and the Pisa range to the right.

Crown Peak views of Wanaka (that bluey valley) and the Pisa range to the right.

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Happy Dave with Whittakers & whisky

Happy Dave with Whittakers & whisky

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