IntroductionThis is a serviced twenty-bunk hut in the North Canterbury and Arthur's Pass area.
Easy walk from road end
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Adult (18+ years): $25 per night
- Child/youth (5–17 years): $12.50 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green) or 1 Serviced Youth Hut Tickets (red) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
Hawdon Hut Track
Hawdon Hut Track
Time: 2–3 hr one way
Distance: 9 km from road end
There are numerous river crossing – do not attempt if flows are high or rain is forecast.
This track begins at the Hawdon Shelter Campsite, accessed from Mt White Road.
The track follows the Hawdon River for about 9 km to the Hawdon Hut on the true right of the river.
Edwards-Hawdon Route (2–3 days)
Hawdon Hut is also at the end of a 2–3 day route over two alpine passes between the Edwards and Hawdon valleys. If you're intending to go only to the Hawdon Hut, we do not recommend this route.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BV21
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1496552, N5248282
Plan for river crossings
The track to Hawdon Hut from Mt White Road has numerous river crossings - do not attempt if flows are high or rain is forecast.
Be aware Hawdon river has a stock exclusion fence near Hawdon shelter. This can act as a strainer to rafters or people in the river.
Stay safe when crossing rivers
If you plan to cross unbridged rivers, know how to cross safely and be prepared for if you cannot cross.
Do not cross if the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe. Turn back or wait for the river to drop. If in doubt, stay out.