Last Updated: 1st May 2024

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Brewster Bimble

Makarora, Otago

Submitted by Lauren Mai Anderson

Last Updated: 1st May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 80 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +36.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -36.8%


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Easy trail to follow through the bush and up into the tussock and open tops. Well marked, rooty and steep trail. Use of hands will be required! Glorious views from the hut.

Hint: take the right hand path for both the side trips and follow the cairns to begin with and keep an eye on your map so as not to go off course, avoid the path to the left of the hut!

Brewster Glacier side trip

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Parking for around 10 cars.

23 km

15 minutes




Easy to follow route, however if you decide to take the extra trip to the Glacier it becomes unmarked.


Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

Water at the beginning of the trail from river, then water tank at hut when you reach the top.

Rainfall may cause river to become impassable.

River crossing can be hazardous.

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The side trip I refer to in the description is from the Hut to Brewster Glacier, Mt Armstrong can also be reached from the hut too. You will need some map reading skills as the cairns in place to guide you can be unreliable. I would estimate another 5k return trip to the Glacier and slightly more to Mt Armstrong. If the weather is good, take the time at the hut to enjoy the views and if you have time the glacier is spectacular, you can get right up to it! I also stayed at the hut overnight for the incredible sunset, also highly recommended!

Lauren Mai Anderson

March 12, 2022

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