Brodrick Pass requires crampons and ice axe early in the season
Maximum 4 participants per guide
The view from Brodrick Hut
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 Rafting 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.
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 mountaintops. It is a "Kiwi Classic" linking the Hopkins/Huxley Valleys to the less accessible Landsborough Wilderness Area. The rafting portion can be done as one or two days and takes you from Creswicke Flat through to Haast Jnuction
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 can be rafted in one big day or can be split over two days with a camp at Harper Bluff.
|Participants||3 days||4 days|
|returning client discount (on individual bookings), if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
|Group Booking Discounts (NZ$ per person)|
|Group booking of 3|
|Group booking of 4-6|
|Group booking of 7-8|
|A per person surcharge of NZ will apply to all prices on.|
- IFMGA/NZMGA certified mountain guides
- NZRA certified rafting guides
- National Park/Conservation Area fees & hut fees
- Local accommodation for any nights required during the trip
- Free transport (4WD Tekapo to Monument Hut; van/car Haast Junction to Tekapo)
- ALL meals (including snacks & energy bars) for the duration of the trip
- ALL camping equipment
- ALL mountaineering and trekking equipment
- ALL rafting equipment
Meals and accommodation before/after the trip are NOT included.
+Minimum & Maximum Numbers
A minimum number of 2 participants is required to run this trip. If you end up being the only person booked on the trip, you will be offered the choice of:
- rescheduling to another trip/date
- a full refund
The maximum number of participants per guide is 4. The maximum group size is 12, with 3 guides.
Take advantage of our group booking discounts and get a group of family and friends together. The amount of discount you will be eligible for will depend on the group size - the more people you book, the more your discount will be! If our scheduled dates don't suit your group's travel plans, please contact us as we can reschedule a trip to suit (subject to guide availability).
Please note that group bookings are not private bookings - if you wish to keep your group closed (ie. you have a private guide just for your group), a surcharge will apply. Alterntatively you can book a group of 8 to 12 (which will ensure there are no others in your group).
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
The Brodrick Pass Trek spends one night at Brodrick Hut and one night at Creswicke Flat Hut. Both huts are small, but cosy public huts with wood fires. Due to limited hut spaces, we usually take tents and camp in the vicinty of the huts.
For the 2 day raft-out option, you'll spend an additional night at the Harper Bluff Camp.
Previous Experience & Agility
Trekking Fitness & Endurance
Participants need to have a high level of fitness and be able to hike or climb at least 8 hours in a day without difficulty.
You need to be sure-footed, well-coordinated and have good balance and be capable of sustained walking over steep, rugged, untracked and exposed terrain. Extensive hiking, tramping or bushwalking experience is recommended.
Trekkers must carry a sleeping bag, personal gear and some of the group equipment, food, stove, fuel, and cooking utensils (all provided by us) to Brodrick Hut.
8am gear check at Alpine Recreation's Edelweiss Lodge, 8 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo.
Drive to the Hopkins Valley and trek past Monument Hut up the Huxley Valley to the Huxley Forks Hut. Continue up the North Branch of the Huxley River to Brodrick Hut. 8 hours trekking.
Climb Mt McKenzie or Mt Strauchon via Brodrick Pass and return to Brodrick Hut, 8 hours. Enjoy spectacular views down into the Landsborough Valley and Landsborough Wilderness Area.
Spare day in case of bad weather.
Walk back down the Huxley and Hopkins Valleys and return to Lake Tekapo.
All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. 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. Please see the equipment list below for further details.