Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Moderately easy 90 minutes 3 km each way climb to a hut and stunning views.
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Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
It's not possible to talk about any walk beginning at Flora Carpark without mentioning the road. Not recommended for campervans and definitely not recommended for inexperienced drivers.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The walk to Mount Arthur Hut begins here, at Flora carpark. There is a toilet and drinking water here.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
On our right, there is a waterfall. If we didn't fill up our water bottles before, we could fill them here.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The track climbs gently uphill.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Here, we take the track on the left and begin to climb a bit more seriously.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
This part of the track is pretty dull beech forest...

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
...Until we come to this Dracophyllum tree on the right.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now, suddenly, we are surrounded by Dracophyllums and the walk turns into a beautiful Dr Seuss landscape.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The track isn't climbing so much now as we follow a long flattish ridgeline for a while.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
This walk would be stunning on a misty day - or a rainy day - or under a full moon - or under a full moon on a misty night...

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
A picnic table with a view of Mount Arthur in the distance.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now the track begins to get serious about climbing again.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
A seat.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The view from the seat overlooks Nelson in the distance.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
View towards Nelson.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking up towards the summit of Mount Arthur.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
There it is... Mount Arthur Hut.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Mount Arthur Hut is a serviced hut. It has 8 bunks with mattresses and a woodburner for heating. A Serviced Hut Pass or 3 Standard Hut Passes are required for each night's stay unless we have a Backcountry Hut Pass each.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Don't leave any food lying around... That weka will get it so quickly, you won't believe it. He ran off with my coffee! (I got it back, thank goodness).

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The deck leads around to the back of the hut...

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
...where there is a sink and drinking / washing up water.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
There is limited space for tents in front of the hut.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Mount Arthur Hut interior.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Okay, well, the hut's nice - but probably the best thing about this walk is what's out the back. Let's go and have a look at the view from the top...

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
It can be very cold and windy beyond this point. Put on warm windproof clothing.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Here we turn left and climb up to the ridgeline.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Look at that view over Nelson and Tasman Bay.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
If we go further up, we get an even better view.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Look at those gorgeous silver Astelia plants... Bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Here we are at the first rocky cairn. This is far enough. A beautiful place to watch sunset and sit with the Kea (Mountain Parrots).

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking towards Nelson and Tasman Bay.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking up towards the summit of Mount Arthur.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we'll head back down to the hut and stay the night. It's going to be an early start...

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Next morning, we're up on the ridgeline before dawn, waiting for sunrise.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Sunrise over Nelson and Tasman Bay. Beautiful...

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now, we head back down to the hut, eat breakfast, pack our gear, clean the hut and head back down the hill. It's getting cold and windy.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
So easy walking down this beautiful track.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Mount Arthur is hidden in the clouds.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Here we are at the last Dracophyllum. Now it's an easy descent through beech forest.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
We turn right here and head back to Flora Carpark.

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

MOUNT ARTHUR HUT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Flora Carpark.