Brewster Hike Details
Location Start: Fantail Falls car park Makarora
Distance: 6km return
Time: 2.5hrs up
Time down: 2hrs
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).