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Trekker on Brodrick Pass
Alpine terrain
Brodrick Pass crosses the Main Divide from east to west
Crossing snow slopes below Brodrick Pass
IFMGA / NZMGA qualified mountain guides
Brodrick Pass may require crampons and ice axe early in the season
Rafting the Landsborough River
NZRA qualified rafting guides
You will negotiate rapids up to grade 4 on the Landsborough River
View south from Brodrick Pass
Wild & remote
The view back down the Huxley River North Branch
Rafting the Landsborough River 2
Landsborough River
Experience breath-taking scenery as you raft down one of NZ's longest and wildest rivers
Trekkers walking in the Huxley Valley
Changing landscapes
Brodrick Pass covers a range of terrain from beech forests and open river flats to rugged snow-covered mountain tops.
Boulder-hopping up the Huxley River North Branch
Rough terrain & wild rivers
Boulder-hopping up the Huxley River North Branch

Brodrick Pass Landsborough Trek & Raft

A true Kiwi wilderness experience and crossing of the Southern Alps

Explore a seldomly visited part of the country as you stand on the Main Divide and look over into the vast Landsborough Wilderness Area. The Brodrick Pass Trek ventures through a wide variety of landscapes far from the common tourist trails and offers stunning mountain views. A unique east to west and summit to sea level perspective is completed with a grade 4+ raft down the spectacular Landsborough River. True backcountry adventure, New Zealand style!

NZMGA qualified mountain guides are experts in alpine terrain and will ensure your safety on the crossing of Brodrick Pass (which often involves using crampons and ice axe early in the season). NZRA qualified rafting guides will take care of you on the journey down the Landsborough River. Hidden Valleys is New Zealand's finest provider of single-day and multi-day river journeys in the South Island and Alpine Recreation is proud to partner with them for our Trek & Raft Combo trips.

 

Overview


The Brodrick Pass Trek is a 2 day crossing of New Zealand's Main Divide. The trek crosses a wide variety of landscapes - open river flats and gentle beech forests to rugged, snow-covered mountain tops. It is a "Kiwi Classic" linking the Hopkins/Huxley Valleys to the less accessible Landsborough Wilderness Area. The rafting portion takes you from Creswicke Flat through to Clark Bluff on the Haast Highway.

The trekking route leads up the Hopkins Valley and into the North Branch of the Huxley River to Brodrick Hut. From there an alpine crossing of the Main Divide via Brodrick Pass is followed by a steep descent to the Landsborough Valley and Creswicke Flat Hut. A helicopter will drop off rafts the following morning. The Landsborough River is rafted over two days with a camp at Harper Bluff.

Scheduled dates


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Brodrick Pass Landsborough Trek & Raft dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.

Venue: Brodrick Hut, Creswicke Hut & Harper Bluff Camp


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CAMPING

The Brodrick Pass trek spends one night at Brodrick Hut and one night at Creswicke Flat Hut. Both huts are very small, but cosy public huts with wood fires. Due to limited hut spaces, we take lightweight tents or tent flies and camp in the vicinty of the huts.

For the rafting section, you'll spend an additional night at the Harper Bluff Camp.

Equipment


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PROVIDED

All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip (see the itinerary section for gear check times). Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide. Alpine Recreation provides packs, helmets, harnesses, crampons, ice-axes and any outdoor clothing, you may require at no extra cost. All rafting gear is provided by Hidden Valleys and is flown in together with the rafts. You will be provided with rafting helmets, wetsuits, booties and a (small) dry bag at the start of the rafting. Please see the equipment list below for further details.

Brodrick Pass Landsborough Trek & Raft - Clothing & Equipment list