New Zealand


Pinchgut Hut via Mount Thomas summit, Forrestdale Road, and Whare Stream

A circuit route following the original track that goes to Pinchgut Hut.

Pinchgut Hut
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See Mount Thomas for information about routes onto Mount Thomas. From the summit, follow Forrestdale Rd, which deteriorates into a recently felled muddy hillside with bulldozed tracks. A signposted  foot track begins just on the left side of the terminus at point E2457471 N5784279 (see "coordinates" for alternative formats).

Hut Pinchgut Hut
Standard Hut (DOC) (sleeps 9)
Facilities: No water, Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Follow this foot track down to Gorge Stream. The track has had some snipping and goes in a fairly direct line through gorse we have recently cleared. From here on, the track gets quite pretty and in good order. It climbs up to the next spur and drops down to Whare Stream.  Across the stream the start of the track has been wiped out by a grey mudslide but Frank has marked the start with cruise tape and mattocked a benched track opposite where it emerges from the true right. Please take some secateurs, slasher, loppers whatever to keep it open where it starts. Currently there is a massive wasp nest residing in a windfall on the first section of the foot track but there is a bypass track formed. Someone (us) needs to take some Carbaryl in.

You can return via the track to Wooded Gully as described in Wooded Gully - Pinchgut Hut. It's quite nice too.

Grade Medium
Parts of this route are not maintained by DOC. Track may be overgrown in places. Serious infestation of wasps in late summer and all of autumn. Grades explained
Bookings Not available
Length 11.0km
Loop track
Time 7 hr – 10 hr
2 days
Altitude 360m – 1,020m
Altitude change 660m
From Mount Thomas car park, Hayland Road, west of Loburn
ID 2676

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Added 19 February 200819 February 2008 by HonoraHonora. 4 revisions, most recently 27 May 201227 May 2012 by HonoraHonora.
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