Brodrick Pass crosses the Main Divide from east to west
Brodrick Pass may require crampons and ice axe early in the season
You will negotiate rapids up to grade 4 on the Landsborough River
The view back down the Huxley River North Branch
Experience breath-taking scenery as you raft down one of NZ's longest and wildest rivers
Brodrick Pass covers a range of terrain from beech forests and open river flats to rugged snow-covered mountain tops.
Boulder-hopping up the Huxley River North Branch
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 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 mountain tops. It is a "Kiwi Classic" linking the Hopkins/Huxley Valleys to the less accessible Landsborough Wilderness Area. The rafting portion takes you from Creswicke Flat through to Clark Bluff on the Haast Highway.
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 is rafted over two days with a camp at Harper Bluff.
|returning client discount (on individual bookings), if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
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- 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 Clark Bluff 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 4 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).
Green : Minimum reached - guaranteed departure.
Orange : Only 4 or fewer places available.
Red : No availability.
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 very small, but cosy public huts with wood fires. Due to limited hut spaces, we take lightweight tents or tent flies and camp in the vicinty of the huts.
For the rafting section, you'll spend an additional night at the Harper Bluff Camp.
Previous Experience & Fitness
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, have good balance and be capable of sustained walking over steep, rugged, untracked and exposed terrain. Extensive hiking, tramping or bushwalking experience is required.
Trekkers must carry a lightweight sleeping bag and mat, personal gear and a share of the group equipment (lightweight tent/fly, food, stove, fuel, cooking utensils - all provided by Alpine Recreation).
This trip demands a high level of fitness, multi-day hiking/trekking experience and an understanding of the changing weather conditions. Much of the time will be spent walking off tracks and over rough, high mountainous terrain. We strongly recommend completing the Ball Pass Summit Trek or Ball Pass Crossing with Alpine Recreation before undertaking this trip.
While it is not required to have previous rafting experience, you do need to be able to swim! A moderate swimming ability is the minimum prerequisite.
Day 0: Arrivval in Tekapo
8pm arrival in Tekapo Village and meet for evening gear check at Alpine Recreation's Edelweiss Lodge, 8 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo.
You will need to overnight in Tekapo Village. We strongly recommend booking your accommodation well in advance. Alpine Recreation can provide accommodation at Edelweiss Lodge; if you wish to book a bed, please specifiy this on your enrolment form at the time of booking.
Day 1: TREK Monument Hut - Forks Hut - Brodrick Hut
7am departure from Edelweiss Lodge, 8 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo. 4WD up the Hopkins Valley to Monument Hut.
Trek up the Huxley Valley, across grassy river flats and through beech forest with some stream crossings, to Forks Hut.
Time: 3 hours | Distance: 9km | Altitude: 600m to 735m | Gain: 135m
Continue up the North Branch of the Huxley River to Brodrick Hut. The route is partly along narrow tracks through native beech forest, partly through river bed, with some boulder-hopping. Occasionally there are places where the riverbank has been eroded and you have to climb up and around to avoid the slips. This section requires good balance and no fear of heights. It can be quite demanding, especially towards the end of the day, when careful foot placement and full concentration are required.
Time: 4+ hours | Distance: 4km | Altitude: 735m to 1000m | Gain: 300m
Total: up to 8 hours trekking, depending on river levels.
Day 2: TREK Brodrick Hut - Brodrick Pass - Creswicke Flat (Landsborough Valley)
Climb up to Brodrick Pass and continue down a rough valley and steep descent to Creswicke Flat. Enjoy spectacular views down into the Landsborough Valley and Landsborough Wilderness Area.
Up to Brodrick Pass is reasonably straightforward, but steep, requiring good aerobic fitness. On the other side of the pass it is more demanding, requiring agility moving over loose rock for the descent into Mackenzie Creek. After 1-2 hours a climb of about 200m is necessary to avoid a waterfall. Once the ridge is gained at about 1150m the route follows a steep spur down through trees, dropping down to about 700m, before joining the western branch of Mackenzie Creek. From here you have to negotiate riverbed with some river crossings before the main Landsborough River Valley is reached. The descent is the more demanding part of this day, and is longer than the descent from Ball Pass. People with any knee problems should not attempt this trek.
Time: 10-12 hours | Distance: 8.2km | Altitude: 1000mm to 1640m | Gain: 840m | Loss: 1500m
Day 3: RAFT Creswicke Flat - Harper Bluff
Swap trekking gear for rafting gear, don wetsuits and raft to Harper Bluff Camp. The rapids vary greatly from insignificant Grade 2 through to Grade 4, which requires good manoeuvering and team work. For the more timid rafter, there is the option to walk around and watch your team mates navigate their way through the rapids!
Spend the night camped by the river, taking the opportunity to really absorb your surroundings in a truly amazing setting. Get away from modern distractions and share the experience with like-minded people: both out on the river and around the campfire in the evening.
Day 4: RAFT Harper Bluff - Clark Bluff
Complete the raft to the take out at Clark Bluff on the Haast Highway finishing around lunchtime. Drive back to Tekapo.
Alternatively, we can arrange for the rafting guides to relocate your personal vehicle (containing any spare gear you didn't take on the trek) to Clark Bluff. From there it is 30 minutes drive to the township of Haast; 1 hour 20 minutes to Wanaka or 2 hours 30 minutes to Queenstown.
Note that signifcant adverse weather may require the rafting to be completed in one long day or a contingency program to be implemented. Your trekking and rafting guides will make this decision before/during the trip as required.
All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip (see the itinerary section for gear check times). 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. All rafting gear is provided by Hidden Valleys and is flown in together with the rafts. You will be provided with rafting helmets, wetsuits, booties and a (small) dry bag at the start of the rafting. Please see the equipment list below for further details.
→ Brodrick Pass Landsborough Trek & Raft - Clothing & Equipment list