An overnight tramp up the Hawdon Valley
|Hawdon Hut II, Arthur's Pass National Park|
|The older Lockwood style Hawdon Hut in the early 2000's|
|Map of the Hawdon Valley|
Day one: Heading to Hawdon Hut from Hawdon Shelter
|Map: the Hawdon Camp site, Arthur's Pass NP|
|Hawdon river, near Hawdon shelter|
|True right of Hawdon river after a successful crossing|
|Over Sudden Valley Stream and heading up Hawdon Valley|
After crossing the Hawdon river and Sudden Valley stream you look for and follow the old 4WD track leading up valley. This is by far the easiest and quickest way to travel, it goes all the way up to the East Hawdon confluence, which is the ridge line in the middle of the photo.
|Hawdon Valley: 2 kms up valley, before East Hawdon confluence|
|Looking up East Branch Hawdon valley|
|Sidle track, through bush heading up valley|
|Track following alongside Hawdon River|
|Hawdon River Valley; 5 km point up valley from the campsite|
|Hawdon Hut Mark I in the early 2000's|
|Hawdon Hut Mark II|
|Me on the veranda of Hawdon Hut|
|Interior of Hawdon Hut: bunkroom, cooking bench, wood burner|
|Interior of Hawdon Hut: the common area|
|Interior of Hawdon Hut: Bunk room|
|View from veranda of Hawdon Hut, Arthurs Pass NP|
|Mountains at head of Hawdon valley|
|Sunset on the tops, from Hawdon Hut|
|At Howdon Hut: a hand hewn wooden bench, cool!|
|Jon Moake inside Hawdon Hut, Arthur's Pass NP|
|Woodshed and toilets out the back of Hawdon Hut|
Day two: Hawdon Hut to Hawdon Shelter
|Sidle track heading down valley towards Discovery Stream|
|Crossing Discovery Stream near the old Hawdon Hut site|
|Hawdon Valley Track, meadow next to Hawdon River|
|Hawdon Valley: a meadow, up valley from East Hawdon River|
|Woolshed Hill from the Hawdon Valley floor|
As you can see the 4 W/D track is fairly easy to see, following this track will save you about 45mins each way, so it is worth finding it.
|View of the Black Range from near Sudden Valley Stream|
|Hawdon Valley: 4WD track looking back up valley|
|Back over Hawdon Stream heading for home|
I stopped at the Sheffield pie shop on the way home to get a pie, they are excellent and they have won several awards. Nothing like a pie after eating dehydrated food the previous evening!
|Sheffield pie shop, yum!|
Access: SH73 to the Mt White Road turn off, once over the Mt White bridge head left to Hawdon Shelter. From Hawdon Shelter follow the track crossing the Hawdon River and Surprise Stream, follow the 4 W/D track up valley.
Track Times: 4 hours from the Hawdon Shelter
Hut Details: Hawdon Shelter: day shelter only- no bunks, no water but does have open fireplace. There are plenty of rough camp-sites here: Hawdon Hut; serviced, 18 bunks, wood burner, water tank, wood shed.
Miscellaneous: Hawdon River, East Hawdon and Sudden Valley Stream susceptible to flooding in heavy rain, none of the rivers or side streams are bridged. Numerous required river crossings. This IS NOT a wet weather destination.