Porters Creek Hut and Porter Ridge
Image: Ray Salisbury | ©



The Red Hills Route is a challenging backcountry adventure from Mid Wairoa Hut, Wairoa River to Red Hills Hut, Red Hills area.

A trip highlight is the unusual geology and plants of the Red Hills area. This track is part of Te Araroa Trail.

40 km one way

Walking and tramping

3 days one way Advanced: Tramping track
Expert: Route

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

Stay safe in the outdoors


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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