Brewster Hut Hike

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Brewster Hike Details

Location Start: Fantail Falls car park Makarora

Distance: 6km return

Time: 2.5hrs up

Time down: 2hrs

Return: 4.5hrs

Hut: 12 beds, need to book.

Location end: Fantail Falls car park Makarora

Brewster Hut Hike, Makaroa, South Island

Brewster Hut is located just around 1 hour from Wanaka, just past Makarora up towards the West Coast.

The hike starts from Fantail Falls which is about 10 minutes past the Blue Pools, there is a car park on the right.

After crossing the river (shin deep in summer) the track ascends for 3km at a relatively steep gradient, on a technical trail, mainly through the bush and then across a ridge line for the final part.

The hut (built in 2007) is nice and new and in good condition, it has one 12 bed bunk room and a kitchen area with a couple of tables and benches.

From the hut, you can climb up to Mount Armstrong (approx 3 hrs returns from the hut), or Mount Brewster and Brewster Glacier (approx 5-6 hours return from the hut).