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Fern Burn Hut, Otago

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Fern Burn HutBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mal Law

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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The first 2.7k is a nice warm up on easy single track following the marker poles. Once through the second deer fence you enter the beech forest and undulate alongside Fern Burn to reach a footbridge. Once over the bridge the gradient steepens dramatically and the trail gets very technical in places.
Once above the bush you enter tussock country within a gorged section of Fern Burn. The final couple of kms sidle above the stream, mostly climbing but sometimes descending to reach Fern Burn Hut.
Once you've taken a breather on the deck of this beautifully positioned hut and drunk in the views start re-tracing your steps and enjoy the mostly downhill run back to your car.

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Features of interest

A beautiful section of native beech forest, open tussock country and great views.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 45%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Easy Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Start of the Motatapu Track, a couple of kms up Motatapu Rd (off Wanaka - Mt. Aspiring Road just through Glendhu Bay when driving out from Wanaka)

    Plenty of parking on opposite side of road to trailhead. Also a toilet and information board.

    15 km

    16 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    The trail is generally well marked, just keep a close eye out for the red triangle markers on trees in the bush section

    Very patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    The water in Fern Burn is fine once in the bush or higher up. Also water at the hut.

    Muddy after heavy rain, can be icy in winter particularly if starting early.

    Nothing more than the usual hazards associated with technical trail. Take care if not confident on root/rocky stuff.

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