Providing superb views of Lake Hāwea and the surrounding mountains, the Sawyer Burn Track veers off the Kidds Bush Nature Walk and initially zigzags up through forest to the bushline before sidling (mostly at the same level) across to the Sawyer Burn Hut.
The basic hut belonging to Hunter Valley Station is tucked into bush on the side of the hill. It remains shaded throughout the day.
Sawyer Burn Track starts from the Kidds Bush Recreation Reserve campsite, 6 km along Meads Road – turn off SH6 at The Neck.
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, waterproof, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present. Check the Mount Aspiring National Park weather forecast – NIWA website.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.
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