Starting in Mt Hutt Forest and ending at Mount Hutt Skifield Road, Scotts Saddle Track offers beautiful views over mid-Canterbury.

Track overview

4.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

2 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


View from Scotts Saddle.
View from Scotts Saddle

This track starts from the car park in Awa Awa Rata Reserve and climbs steeply to a ridge top. It passes through beech/tawhairauriki forest before climbing to alpine herb and tussock/wï communities. The track then joins the Mount Hutt Skifield access road at Scotts Saddle.

On a clear day there are good views from Scotts Saddle to Pudding Hill Stream, Mount Hutt ski field, Canterbury plains and the Port Hills above Christchurch.

Getting there

Awa Awa Rata Reserve is at the end of McLennans Bush Road, which is off Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road and is 12.5 km from Methven.

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


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