Powell Hut – Mount Holdsworth

Alert/Important notice

Bookings are available for Powell Hut during the period from 18 November 2014 to 30 April 2015

See 'Bookings' below for more information.
Issued: 17 November 2014.

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.

Bookings

Bookings are available for Powell Hut during the period from 18 November 2014 to 30 April 2015. Bookings can be made via the online booking system. Before you book, read the terms and conditions.

This booking system has been put in place for Powell Hut and nearby Atiwhakatu Hut to give visitors assurance of a bed and to manage the overcrowding of these popular huts. View detailed information, including what you can expect as a 'booked' and 'non-booked' hut user.

Please note: Nearby Jumbo Hut is available on a first come, first served basis. To pay for your stay, purchase hut tickets or a Backcountry Hut Pass before your trip.

For questions about booking Powell Hut or if you wish to use your Backcountry Hut Pass as payment, contact:

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

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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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