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South Westland - Interim Trip - Medium


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Saturday 16 February 2019

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Duration: Saturday 16 February 2019 to Saturday 2 March 2019 (15 days)
Explore some spectacular South Westland valleys, with plenty of mountain views.

This involves three trips
1. Clarke Wilderness Area / Marks Flat / Solution Range (north of the Haast River)
2. Welcome Valley, as far as Copland Pass
3. Stafford Hut, south of Jackson Bay

This is a Medium Trip with some off track travel. Normally no more than around 7 hours’ tramping per day. All trips are weather dependent - more easterly bad weather options will be detailed before the start of the trip.

Clarke Wilderness Area / Marks Flat / Solution Range
This is a camping trip - no huts
Helicopter from Pleasant Flat (on the Haast River) to Rough Creek, up the Clarke River. To Saddle Creek, then up to Marks Flat. Three nights there with side trips, then climb up onto the Solution Range for one night’s camp, then drop down to Toetoe Flat on the Landsborough River for helicopter pickup. Drive to Fox township for a night in Ivory Towers Backpackers.

Welcome Valley
First night in Welcome Flat hut, near the famous hot pool, then 2 nights further up the valley in Douglas Rock hut (8 bunks). Intended day trip to the top of Copland pass and back again, if conditions are suitable. Aiming for views into the Hooker Valley and of Mt Cook and surrounding mountains. Return down valley to camp at Architect Creek Hut (2 bunks) or possibly the track end (that would be a longer day).

Stafford Hut
Jackson Bay is as far south you can drive down the West Coast. Further south on Stafford Bay is Stafford Hut, which can be reached via a low tide only coastal route from Smoothwater Bay on the way in and an overland route on the way out. Low tide is midday on our way in. Stay 2 nights at Stafford Hut with local exploring. We then return for a final night in Nomads Backpackers, Queenstown.
Details: Contact Tony for a detailed itinerary / for other questions
Flights: Arrive Queenstown before 10.00 am on Saturday 16th Feb
Leave Queenstown Saturday 2nd March
Recommended that you book a changeable flight for the return trip
Transport: Hired 12 seater van
Part Trip: If you really have to ..... You could leave or join the trip at Fox township where we stay Feb 22nd There is an Intercity bus service to Fox - your responsibility to arrange. BUT be aware, being weather dependent, our plans might change part way thriough the trip
Party Size: Maximum 8
Cost: All per person. Some costs vary dependent on actual party size
Helicopter Approx $400
Van hire Approx $275
Van fuel TBA - Expected kms less than 600
Fox Backpackers $33
Welcome Flat Hut $15 Book this yourself online on the DOC website
For Saturday 23rd February, 2019
Other huts Bring 4 blue tickets plus spares or an annual hut pass
Queenstown B/P $33.25
Gas TBA - to be prepaid, collect Queenstown Feb 16
Leader: Tony Walton 027 478 5223 / 09 630 2591 e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Booking: Contact Tony
Payment: To Tony, deposit December 1st, balance February 1st



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