The track starts from Fantail Falls, crosses the unbridged Haast River, and climbs steadily through beech forest to the bushline. From here the track continues up a snow grass face and onto a narrow ridge leading up towards the Brewster Hut next to a small tarn.
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.
In winter, alpine skills are essential.
Near the car park, Brewster Track crosses the Haast River. This is not bridged and the river needs to be walked through. This crossing is dangerous when the river is in flood, usually during/after heavy rain or when there is snow melt.
If you have crossed safely in the morning and there is rain during your trip, the river may not be crossable on your return. Look out for the warning signs of an unsafe river: water flowing faster than walking pace, discoloured water, debris in the river, and the sound of rocks rolling in the river bed
If you aren’t sure it’s safe to cross, don’t cross – wait for the river to drop, or change your plans and return another day or return to the hut.
Learn how to cross a river safely on the Mountain Safety Council website.
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.