Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Liverpool Hut

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Martin Trvaj

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 38 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?

33.0km

1270m

1270m

1150m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Riverside

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

50%
20%
10%
10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.5%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

7:00

Slow

5:30

Moderate

4:30

Fast

Start at Raspberry Creek carpark (toilet and water there).

First 10km mainly passes over grassed flats with a few small bluffs (leave farm gates as you find them). Beyond Aspiring hut track enters to the bush for 3.5km. You will cross several bridges. There is a large grassy area called Shovel Flat. Enjoy the view of waterfalls around. This is avalanche terrain during the winter, so take extra care. Liverpool Hut track starts just after crossing the swing bridge. It is steep, slippery, (icy in the winter - carry at least basic crampons during the winter) and dangerous ascent so take extra care. Above the bush line when Liverpool Hut is visible still follow the track (orange poles). Take rest there and go back.

Stunning views of Mt Aspirin and the Matukituki Valley from Liverpool Hut

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Plenty of parking, a few local companies run transport from Wanaka. for example KT Sightseeing 0800 458 744.

64 km

50 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Non-existent.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

Aspiring hut, Liverpool hut, few creeks beyond the Aspiring hut (no sheep and cows there).

The track passes avalanche terrain between Aspiring hut and the intersection with Liverpool Track (check www.avalanche.net.nz between May and November). I also highly recommend taking at least really basic crampons for the last section the way to Liverpool Hut in the winter. It is usually icy and dangerous.

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Henry Frakes

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Trail Reviews

Long river valley run in, a short, sharp climb to the hut. The views are so worth it

Lauren Mai Anderson

February 22, 2022

There is the option to stay at Aspiring hut a use it as a base for your runs, as I did in the past... There are numerous options. French Ridge hut, Dart Hut, Shotover saddle, Cascade saddle, Mt. Tyndall (for very experienced - you need ice axe, crampons) Liverpool hut, upper valley... I am going to release some of these trails after winter.

Martin Trvaj

July 27, 2019

STUNNING run. Hard yakka getting up to Liverpool Hut but so worth it for the views. Sweet trail in the valley too. A total MUST DO!

Malcolm Law

July 21, 2019

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