Powell Hut – Mount Holdsworth

Alert/Important notice

Wasps on tracks in Holdsworth Area

Numerous wasp nests have been identified in the area, particularly along the Gentle Annie/Atiwhakatu tracks. The following have been marked with yellow tape and treated:

  • 1 near Atiwhakatu Hut
  • 2 near East Holdsworth turnoff
  • 1 near Donnelly Flat Loop/Rocky Lookout junction
  • 1 below Rocky Lookout.

We advise track users to be adequately prepared, especially if you or anyone in your party has a known allergy to wasp stings. Move past areas with wasps quickly and quietly. To assist us with identifying and destroying nests as they are discovered, please let us know the exact location of any wasp nests you see.
Reviewed: 22 April 2014

Pest control operation
An aerial drop of bait pellets containing the toxin sodium fluoroacetate (1080) will be carried out by helicopter in this area of the Tararua Forest Park during December 2013.

  • Supervise children at all times
  • Do not handle any bait
  • Do not bring dogs into the area
  • Do not handle or eat animals from this area
  • Hunters must heed all restrictions included in their hunting permits and the pesticide summary, including not taking animals for consumption

Warning signs will be placed at all main access points to the operational area and in huts within or on the boundary of the area. Visitors entering this area are required to observe the cautions and follow the advice provided on these signs. The signs will be removed when they are no longer required.
Reviewed: 22 April 2014. Valid until further notice.

Track category

Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Time:  

5 – 6 hr or 7 – 8 hr, depending on route

Description

Powell Hut. Photo: Joe Hansen.
Powell Hut

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.

Getting there

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.

Booking

Powell Hut is bookable for the period between 1 October and 30 April via the online booking system.

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:

Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:      +64 6 377 0700
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

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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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:      +64 6 377 0700
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
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