NELSON TRAILS

Browning Hut

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Browning Hut is located on Browning Track, which doubles as Te Araroa Trail, in Mt Richmond Forest Park. The hut is great for overnight trips from Hacket car park, and is a convenient stopover on multi-day tramps along the Mt Richmond section of Te Araroa Trail. Browning Hut is located between Hacket Hut and Totara Saddle, the latter being where Browning Track, Pelorus Track and Te Araroa Trail converge. Browning Hut is the third-closest hut to Nelson City.

Details
Distances 8.1 km one way from Hacket car park; 3.4 km one way from Hacket Hut
Time Required3 hr one way from Hacket car park; 1 hr one way from Hacket Hut
Trail TypeTramping track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking and trail running
DirectionEither
Start Elevation120 m (Hacket car park)
Finish Elevation480 m (Browning Hut)
Dog AccessPermit required for Mt Richmond Forest Park; see Nelson DOC office

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Access

  25 min from central Nelson

 

Browning Hut is accessed via Hacket Track.

 

Hacket track begins at Hacket car park, 8 km up Aniseed Valley Road and 25 min drive from Richmond. There are toilets at the car park and a bridge across the Roding River, beneath which there is a great swimming hole to cool off in during summer.

Description




Beginning at Hacket car park, the track bridges Roding River and heads east up Hacket Valley, following the true right of Hacket Creek through plantation forest. A suspension bridge crosses the creek and the road becomes a walking track as it continues on the true left. The track enters the Dun Mountain Ophiolite Belt (which marks the boundary of Mt Richmond Forest Park) where the surrounding vegetation becomes stunted scrub dominated by manuka, with celery pine and lancewood. You will see outcrops of ultramafic rock rich in chromite, olivine and serpentine. Soon the scrub of the mineral belt is replaced by douglas fir plantation, which continues for the rest of the distance to the fork with Browning Track.

 

Turn left at the fork and cross Hacket Creek, and Browning Creek soon after. Browning Creek is crossed again and the track reaches a junction with Te Araroa Trail. Turn left to get to Browning Hut; turning right will take you to Hacket Hut, 1.3 km away. From here to Browning Hut, Browning Track doubles as Te Araroa Trail. The track crosses Browning Creek again, and heads through native forest, deviating from Browning Creek and instead climbing in and out of the unnamed creek gully. You will reach a section where you will need to clamber over car-size boulders have crashed down into the creek gully. The remainder of the distance to the hut passes through attractive native forest that contains hard beech, rimu, totara, celery pine and kahikatea.

 

Browning Hut is located on the edge of a clearing, 25 m away from Browning Creek, the hut’s water source. Do not be surprised to find the hut at full capacity, given its position on the increasingly popular Te Araroa Trail.

Browning Hut
Hut TypeStandard Hut
Capacity8 bunks
BookingsNot required; first in, first served
Fee1 Standard Hut Ticket
FacilitiesWoodburner, mattresses, plenty of space for tents outside
Altitude480 m
Beyond Browning Hut

From Browning Hut it is about 40 min along Te Araroa Trail to Totara Saddle. A track junction at the saddle gives you the option to continue along Te Araroa Trail to Rocks Hut, or follow Pelorus Track to Roebuck Hut.

 

Browning Hut to Roebuck Hut

Pelorus Track to Roebuck Hut continues east through the saddle and sidles the forest hillside on the southern side of the valley above Roebuck Creek. The track is not benched, though is relatively gentle in gradient, as it stays around the 600 m elevation contour for nearly four kilometres. Tall beech forest allows only occasional views north toward the other side of the valley. As you near Roebuck Hut, the track descends a spur and a swingbridge crosses Pelorus River to reach Roebuck Hut. The hut stands in a grassy clearing above the confluence of Roebuck Creek and Pelorus River. The stunningly-clear Pelorus River is great for swimming if you can stand the sandflies. Browning Hut to Roebuck Hut is 8.7 km, and will take you 3-4 hours.

 

Browning Hut to Rocks Hut

Te Araroa Trail to Rocks Hut climbs steeply and roughly north out of the saddle, and follows the crest of the ridge northeast. Soon the track emerges onto an area of mineral belt tussock and scrub, which allow open views back to Mt Starveall. The track dips into a low saddle, then climbs up to 1030 m, the highest elevation it gets to. From here the track is undulating though gently descending, as it climbs over and around a series of hummocks and rock outcrops that dot the ridge (a nearby point on the ridge appropriately named The Rocks, and is the hut’s namesake). The majority of the track passes attractive beech forest with a thick undergrowth of crown ferns, though you will also encounter a couple of sections where the forest has been severely damaged by wind. Occasional openings in the trees allow good views northwest toward Tasman Bay. Browning Hut to Rocks Hut is 10.7 km, and will take you 5-6 hours.

Browning Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park

Browning Hut is located on Browning Track, which doubles as Te Araroa Trail, in Mt Richmond Forest Park. The hut is great for overnight trips from Hacket car park, and is a convenient stopover on multi-day tramps along the Mt Richmond section of Te Araroa Trail. Browning Hut is located between Hacket Hut and Totara Saddle, the latter being where Browning Track, Pelorus Track and Te Araroa Trail converge. Browning Hut is the third-closest hut to Nelson City.

Details
Distances 8.1 km one way from Hacket car park; 3.4 km one way from Hacket Hut
Time Required3 hr one way from Hacket car park; 1 hr one way from Hacket Hut
Trail TypeTramping track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking and trail running
DirectionEither
Start Elevation120 m (Hacket car park)
Finish Elevation480 m (Browning Hut)
Dog AccessPermit required for Mt Richmond Forest Park; see Nelson DOC office

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Access

  25 min from central Nelson

 

Browning Hut is accessed via Hacket Track.

 

Hacket track begins at Hacket car park, 8 km up Aniseed Valley Road and 25 min drive from Richmond. There are toilets at the car park and a bridge across the Roding River, beneath which there is a great swimming hole to cool off in during summer.




 

Description

Beginning at Hacket car park, the track bridges Roding River and heads east up Hacket Valley, following the true right of Hacket Creek through plantation forest. A suspension bridge crosses the creek and the road becomes a walking track as it continues on the true left. The track enters the Dun Mountain Ophiolite Belt (which marks the boundary of Mt Richmond Forest Park) where the surrounding vegetation becomes stunted scrub dominated by manuka, with celery pine and lancewood. You will see outcrops of ultramafic rock rich in chromite, olivine and serpentine. Soon the scrub of the mineral belt is replaced by douglas fir plantation, which continues for the rest of the distance to the fork with Browning Track.

 

Turn left at the fork and cross Hacket Creek, and Browning Creek soon after. Browning Creek is crossed again and the track reaches a junction with Te Araroa Trail. Turn left to get to Browning Hut; turning right will take you to Hacket Hut, 1.3 km away. From here to Browning Hut, Browning Track doubles as Te Araroa Trail. The track crosses Browning Creek again, and heads through native forest, deviating from Browning Creek and instead climbing in and out of the unnamed creek gully. You will reach a section where you will need to clamber over car-size boulders have crashed down into the creek gully. The remainder of the distance to the hut passes through attractive native forest that contains hard beech, rimu, totara, celery pine and kahikatea.

 

Browning Hut is located on the edge of a clearing, 25 m away from Browning Creek, the hut’s water source. Do not be surprised to find the hut at full capacity, given its position on the increasingly popular Te Araroa Trail.

 

Browning Hut
Hut TypeStandard Hut
Capacity8 bunks
BookingsNot required; first in, first served
Fee1 Standard Hut Ticket
FacilitiesWoodburner, mattresses, plenty of space for tents outside
Altitude480 m
Beyond Browning Hut

From Browning Hut it is about 40 min along Te Araroa Trail to Totara Saddle. A track junction at the saddle gives you the option to continue along Te Araroa Trail to Rocks Hut, or follow Pelorus Track to Roebuck Hut.

 

Browning Hut to Roebuck Hut

Pelorus Track to Roebuck Hut continues east through the saddle and sidles the forest hillside on the southern side of the valley above Roebuck Creek. The track is not benched, though is relatively gentle in gradient, as it stays around the 600 m elevation contour for nearly four kilometres. Tall beech forest allows only occasional views north toward the other side of the valley. As you near Roebuck Hut, the track descends a spur and a swingbridge crosses Pelorus River to reach Roebuck Hut. The hut stands in a grassy clearing above the confluence of Roebuck Creek and Pelorus River. The stunningly-clear Pelorus River is great for swimming if you can stand the sandflies. Browning Hut to Roebuck Hut is 8.7 km, and will take you 3-4 hours.

 

Browning Hut to Rocks Hut

Te Araroa Trail to Rocks Hut climbs steeply and roughly north out of the saddle, and follows the crest of the ridge northeast. Soon the track emerges onto an area of mineral belt tussock and scrub, which allow open views back to Mt Starveall. The track dips into a low saddle, then climbs up to 1030 m, the highest elevation it gets to. From here the track is undulating though gently descending, as it climbs over and around a series of hummocks and rock outcrops that dot the ridge (a nearby point on the ridge appropriately named The Rocks, and is the hut’s namesake). The majority of the track passes attractive beech forest with a thick undergrowth of crown ferns, though you will also encounter a couple of sections where the forest has been severely damaged by wind. Occasional openings in the trees allow good views northwest toward Tasman Bay. Browning Hut to Rocks Hut is 10.7 km, and will take you 5-6 hours.




 

Updated 05 March 2019