Powell Hut – Mount Holdsworth
Project Kākā pest control operation
The caution period has ended for this pesticide operation. Warning signs at the main access points to the operational area are being removed. Signs in the backcountry huts within or on the boundary of the area will be removed in the next fine weather window.
Issued: 22 August 2014. Valid until further notice.
Great Walk/Easier tramping track
5 – 6 hr or 7 – 8 hr, depending on route
For fitter visitors, the tramp beyond Mountain House Shelter follows the Mount Holdsworth Track, climbing through beech forest that markedly reduces in stature as the bushline, and Powell Hut, is approached (1200 metres).
Just below the hut, a rocky outcrop affords an excellent view of High Ridge and Totara Flats far below in the Waiohine valley.
The route to the summit of Mount Holdsworth (1470 metres) is exposed to winds but otherwise straight-forward. The return trip to Powell Hut can be completed in 5 – 6 hours, to Mount Holdsworth in 7 – 8 hours.
Turn off State Highway 2 on to Norfolk Road, 2 km south of Masterton. This leads to Mount Holdsworth Road. Holdsworth is 15 km from State Highway 2.
Follow the Gentle Annie Track on the Holdsworth - Kaitoke Tramp to Mountain House Shelter.
Places to stay
Powell Hut is a well-equipped hut on the Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit, and a popular winter destination for fitter day visitors because it is probably the quickest route to reach the snow-covered tops of the Tararua Range.
Powell Hut is usually bookable for the period between 1 October and 30 April via the online booking system. However, note that the opening of bookings for the 2014/2015 summer season will delayed. For any queries please contact the Masterton office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This booking system is in place to ensure everyone gets a bed and enjoys their stay during the peak season period, and to avoid overcrowding of these popular huts.
Before you book, read the terms and conditions.
If you wish to use your Backcountry Hut Pass as payment please book directly with:
Plan and prepare
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.
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