Pudding Hill Stream route

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Introduction

This route winds along Pudding Hill Stream through Mount Hutt Forest.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Expert: Route

About this track

Description

Mt Hutt from Scotts Saddle. Photo: G Iles.
Mount Hutt from Scotts Saddle 

This route follows the stream bed. Pudding Hill Stream is negotiable in all but flood conditions. However, about 1 km upstream of the turn onto Mount Hutt Range the stream bed narrows into a steep-sided gorge, which makes further progress difficult.

Caution: This route involves repeated crossings of Pudding Hill Stream. Trampers should be prepared for cold, wet or windy conditions.

Getting there

This route can be accessed from the western end of Alder Track (accessed from Awa Awa Rata Reserve at the end of McLennans Bush Road, which is off Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road and is 12.5 km from Methven) or from Hart Road.

The area can also be accessed from Mt Hutt Skifield access road. During summer, there is a locked gate at Scotts Saddle; you will need to walk from here.

Nature and conservation

Mount Hutt Forest is mostly mountain beech/tawhairauriki, with broadleaf/pāpāuma, Hall’s tōtara, fuchsia/kōtukutuku, marble leaf/putaputāweta, kōhūhū and pōkākā. Crown fern/piupiu and bush lawyer/tātarāmoa occupy the forest floor. Above the bushline the vegetation changes to alpine herbs, shrubs and snow tussock/wī kura.

Forest birds include bellbird/korimako, rifleman/tītitipounamu and grey warbler/riroriro. New Zealand pipits/pīhoihoi and occasionally kea are seen above the bushline.

Contacts

Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   +64 3 693 1010
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
Postal Address:   PO Box 33
Geraldine 7956
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