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Brewster Track

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 4.8 (4)

A steep but rewarding trail up to Brewster Hut through beech forest beyond the bushline.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

35%

Runnable

4,729' 1,441 m

High

1,482' 452 m

Low

3,248' 990 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

34%

Avg Grade (19°)

85%

Max Grade (40°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

You need to ford the Haast River to get to this track.

Description

This track truly requires strength and stamina. Over just 2 miles it ascends more than 3,000 feet up to Brewster Hut. The path up the mountain is clearly marked by red triangles on the trees. Shortly after leaving the parking lot you'll have to ford the Haast River. Depending on the season this might be a dangerous undertaking; however most of the time the water is not more than knee deep.

After fording the river, the brutal ascent starts. The track seems almost vertical at times and requires continuous scrambling over roots and rocks. After about 1.4 miles the beech forest opens up and you reach the alpine area. The roots are gone at this point, but the scrambling is not any less demanding. However the views are absolutely stunning and make up for the considerable effort you are making. You can see the Haast River and Lindsay Peak with its smaller summits across the way.

After two miles you reach the 12-bunk Brewster Hut (no heating). To your left is Mount Brewster.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tilman Giese

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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  4.8 from 4 votes
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#6,277

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Photos

A rewarding view across the Haast Valley towards Lindsay Peak from Brewster Track
May 20, 2018 near Makarora, NZ
Mount Aspiring National Park from above the bushline on Brewster Track
May 20, 2018 near Makarora, NZ
The arduous ascent on Brewster Track
May 21, 2018 near Makarora, NZ
Haast River from the east bank
May 20, 2018 near Makarora, NZ
Brewster Hut
May 21, 2018 near Makarora, NZ
Mount Brewster
May 20, 2018 near Makarora, NZ

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