A pleasant hike with rewarding views
Casey and Binser Saddle provides some great, typical places to rest, like Andrews Shelter on the way towards Arthur’s Pass which marks the start of our 2-day Adventure. The track is a circuit connecting Andrews and Poulter Valley, with two saddles to cross along the way.
We’ll hike mostly through sheltered beech forest, a paradise for the native birds around here. Fantails and robins are sure to check us out while we’re making our way through the dense, native bush – typical Arthur’s Pass. You’ll embrace the smells, fresh winds (and rain) and get to meet my favourite region in New Zealand.
After a few hours, the track emerges onto grassy river flats and crosses a few streams before leading over Casey Saddle. The site of the burnt down Casey Hut is where we will camp for the night. Unfortunately, huts can succumb to silly fireplace mistakes, but we’ll still stay around this location. Once we pitch the tents and get settled, it’s time for dinner under the stars.
The following day sees us walking along the Poulter Valley Track, with more stream crossings, red beech and open tussock land. We’ll also have some fantastic views of the valley and the Waimakariri river flats past Binser saddle. Well worth the climb and a fantastic few days out if you’re heading west or south.