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Liverpool Hut, Otago

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Liverpool HutIntermediate

Submitted by Martin Trvaj

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


7:00 (Slow)
5:30 (Moderate)
4:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Follow Wanaka-Mt. Aspiring Rd. for approximately 50 km to Raspberry Creek car park (very last car park at the end of the road). The last 33 km of the road is unsealed. The last 10 km from the car park is subject to washouts and flooded creeks and should only be accessed in fine weather.

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

    64 km

    50 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    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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