Protože jsme na netu s pomocí googlova všeználka bezvýsledně pátrali po informacích, jak zdolat tuhle vysokou horu Nového Zélandu, přikládáme zde popis, který jsme získali v jednom návštěvnickém centru. Toto území není pod správou DOC, proto se o něm na jeho stránkách nedočtete.
Věříme, že v případě zájmu určitě nepohrdnete ani tímhle nepřeloženým anglickým originálem :o)
This information is supplied from the Marlborough Tramping Club
Information about the Hoddder area, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, and the Hodder Huts.
Maps NZMS 260 029 and 030
The Hodder River bridge is about 80 kms from Blenheim on the Awatere Valley Road, approximately 45 kms of which is gravel and slow traveling. Allow the best part of 2 hours for the journey.
Immediately across the Hodder Bridge is a hayshed on private land, this is part of Gladstone Downs owned by Allan and Bev Pitts. The Pitts are generally happy for cars to be left in the vicinity of the hayshed, preferably well out of the way of access to the hayshed, however permission is needed first, as is permission to camp. See Access for contact numer.
The Journey from the Hodder River bridge to the huts at 4700 ft (1440 m) is a climb of about 3500 ft (1080 m) and takes an average of 6 hours (slow people with heavy packs, 8 hours or more). The usual route follows the Hodder river bed all the way except at the start and for the last 2,5 kms to the huts.
The easiest and quickest start to your trip is a 3 kms walk on a alarm track across private land. Once against it is important that your get permission from Allan ad Bev Pitts, Gladstone Downs, Private Bag, Blenheim, Phone (03) 5757471.
To our knowledge, they have never refused any trampers or climbers permission, but they do get very annoyed when people don’t bother to ask. They also keep a diary of „who is gong in when“ so that you can find out how many other people to expect at the huts (important for long weekends like Easter and Labour weekend).
Pickup the farm track, which follows the river, and climbs a couple of times. After about 45 minutes, having passed the major junction of the Shin and Hodder revers, an obvious cairn mark the start of a steep track down to the riverbed. (Note: it is also practical to walk up the riverbed from the Hodder bridge).
There are numerous unavoidable river crossings (80 odd), and some are very swift in high flows. There are a numer of gorges, and the river becomes virtually impassable in even modest flood. The Pitts are often willing to give information on the river flow.
After the major junction of the Hodder with Trail Stream, the gradient of the river doubles.
Final 2,5km to Huts
To avoid an impassable gorge and waterfall at 3800 ft (1120 m), a track climbs steeply from a well cairned terrace on the true right and then sidles through alpine shrubland and Hall’s totara to return to the riverbed at about 3900 ft (1160 m). One more river crossing takes you to a well marked track which sidles the true left all the way to the huts.
The Marlborough Tramping Club owns the two huts on a tussock terrace in the Hodder River Halley. The older small hut sleeps 6, and the newer large one sleeps 12 comfortably on two flat bunks,. Possible tent sites exist around the huts. The huts are well insulated, and there are no fireplaces (vegetation is precious up there).
The huts are on pastoral lease land. The tops of the main mountains in the area are in a scenic reserve which begins at about 7000 ft (2200 m).
Hut fees are 5 NZD per night per person, payable to MTC, Box 787, Blenheim.
If you need a route guide for Tapuae-O-Uenuku, there is a good one in one of the hut books.
Please carry out all your rubbish especially plastic drink bottles.