Deep in Arthur's Pass
The Edwards-Hawdon Route starts with a relatively easy day to Edwards Hut from the Edwards / Mingha car park. After our first river crossing (weather permitting), we’ll follow the track over rocky riverbeds and climb through native bush. Waterfalls and first views of our Adventure ahead makes this section beautiful enough to endure the constant up and down that will get the lungs burning and legs pumped.
We’ll catch a glimpse of Edwards Hut before emerging onto river flats. From here, it’s not far to the hut and the area invites for further exploration before nightfall.
The second day includes climbs up the rocky debris of Taruahuna Pass and the extremely steep section to Tarn Col. The views are stunning from up here and make for a good lunch spot with the tarn reflecting the surrounding mountain ranges.
More river crossings and a climb to Walker Pass await, before we reach our destination, Hawdon Hut. Depending on how long the ascent to Tarn Col takes, we’ll arrive around early evening for a well-deserved brew. After such a long day, we can take it easy on the way out. The open grasslands and rocky river beds make for good photo opportunities on the last section before the car park.
This is a memorable trip showcasing the best Arthur’s Pass has to offer. Locals rate it highly and the variety of nature you’ll be immersed in can reset anyone’s stressed soul!