A trip to an old favourite: Packhorse Hut
|Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula|
|Kaituna Valley to Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula|
On the Kaituna-Packhorse Hut track
|Kaituna to Packhorse Hut walk- not 4 hours, 2 up, 1 down|
|Kaituna Valley car park, start of the Kaituna-Packhorse Hut track|
|Crossing farm land on the Kaituna-Packhorse Hut track|
|'A mighty torrent', unnamed stream on the Kaituna-Packhorse hut track|
This is one of the small creeks you cross on the way up hill, there are three crossings in total. The flow is very low at this time of the year, but I have seen a picture of trampers fording this stream and the water is halfway up their thighs.
While walking up the track try not to touch this plant, this is Ongaonga a native thistle with extremely potent neurological toxins in it. It is prolific along the tracks and in the bush on Banks Peninsula.
DO NOT TOUCH!!!
|Kaituna-Packhorse Hut Track, view of Kaituna Valley|
|Bush remnant climbing flank of Mt Bradley, Banks Peninsula|
|Massive native tree in bush remnant near Kaituna Saddle|
|First glimpse of Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula|
|View of the upper reaches of Lyttelton Harbour from Kaituna Saddle|
|View towards Gebbies Pass from Kaituna Pass|
|Lyttelton harbour from near Packhorse Hut|
|The Port Hills and Sugar Loaf in distance from Kaituna Saddle|
Historic Packhorse Hut
|The Packhorse Hut, attractive stone exterior on Kaituna Saddle|
|Entrance to Packhorse Hut|
|Packhorse Hut from the front...|
|Cosy interior of the Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula|
|Packhorse Hut, the Dining area|
|One of the bunk rooms in the Packhorse Hut|
|Excellent view from inside of Packhorse Hut down to Lytellton|
|View down to Kaituna Valley from high on the Kaituna-Packhorse Hut track|
|Kaituna-Packhorse Hut track, on the way back down to the car park|
|Very steep slope on way down Kaituna-Packhorse Hut track|
Above is a very steep part of the bulldozer track with at least a 30 degree slope, thankfully it is only this steep for about 300 meters or it would be a total gut buster.
Track Times: 3-4 hours return from the carpark, 2 hours up- 1.5 hours down
Hut Details: Packhorse Hut; serviced (booking required from2017) 9 bunks, wood burner, water tank, wood shed
Miscellaneous: 2017: Packhorse is now on the DOC hut booking system and MUST BE booked before an overnight stay. It has been reconfigured as a 9 bunk hut. It is part of Te Ara Pataka (The Summit Walkway) track from Hilltop Tavern overlooking Akaroa to Gebbies Pass.