Junction Hut (Timaru Creek)
A private, but widely used hut in the lower Timaru Creek, off Lake Hawea. The hut has 4 bunks, river water and an open fire. The mouse and rat population is minuscule compared to the sheer biomass of sandflies present - and that's just those inside the hut. The chimney and various features of it's construction means that it is not in the slightest sandfly-proof.
Despite the company, this is a good spot to stop for smoko (or lunch if you're slow) for those heading up to Moonlight and Roses, Stodys or Timaru huts. Upriver there are a couple of km's of riverbed walking before a sidle track starts on terraces on the TL.
Downriver there are two options - the river track which crosses the creek 13 times before Lake Hawea - the high water track: a steep climb up a ridgeline route, 400m to an old 4wd track (still accessible by ATV / bike with permission)
The river track is the fastest of the two by far
Lake Hawea (Timaru River bridge): 4km, 1-2hrs (multiple river crossings)
Moonlight and Roses Hut: Riverbed route up Timaru Creek and Chamois Creek, or ridgeline route via ridge between Deer Spur Creek and Chamois Creek. 2-3hrs
Stodys Hut: Tramping track - 7km up Timaru River (note sidle track starts on TL after 2km), and a further 2km climb to the hut on the ridge to it's south-east, signposted at the track junction.
Timaru Hut: 13km,track / riverbed route.