Mount Brewster at sunset
Image: Leigh Blackall | Creative Commons

Introduction

The track starts from Fantail Falls, crosses the Haast River, and climbs steadily through beech forest to the bushline.

Track overview

5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

6 - 8 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The track starts from Fantail Falls, crosses the Haast River, and climbs steadily through beech forest to the bushline. From here the track continues up a snow grass face and on to the predominant ridge leading up towards Mt Armstrong.

The 12-bunk Brewster Hut (no heating) is next to a small tarn, just off the ridge to the right. 

Brewster Hut.

Brewster Hut

Category: Serviced Alpine
Facilities: 12 bunk beds, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Know before you go

Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.

Unbridged rivers: There are river and stream crossings that become hazardous in heavy rain or snowmelt. Be prepared to turn back.

In winter, alpine skills are essential.

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

The visitor centre in Makarora is no longer available. Contact the Awarua/Haast or Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park visitor centres for visitor information, including trip planning, and track and weather updates for this region.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
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