Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mt Arthur Up & Back

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Mal Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 40

Gnarl Factor: 61








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back


Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.5%


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From Flora car park follow the track to Flora Saddle where a well-graded track turns left and follows the ridge towards Mt Arthur, winding through beech forest and groves of candelabra-like mountain neinei (Dracophyllum or 'Dr Zeuss plant!) Mt Arthur Hut is just on the tree line.
Beyond here you are on open ridges, some parts of which have a lot of loose rock on. The views are superb and from the summit on a clear day it's possible to see Mt. Taranaki!
Return by retracing your steps downhill.

The awesome groves of dracophyllum that you pass through on the way to Mt Arthur Hut & the sensational views from the summit.

Plenty of parking, toilet and information board/shelter at the DoC car park

23 km

29 minutes




Finding the way is easy enough in good weather but with poor visibility you will need to remain alert on the tops. Avoid taking the poled route that leads off to your right (on the way up) towards Gordons Pyramid.


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

Mt. Arthur Hut is the only source of water on the route

This is a great winter route for those with the experience to handle it - be aware of avalanche risk, particularly towards the summit. For others it's best to treat as a summer-only route.

Care is required around the many bluffs, sinkholes and caves.

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Nathan Silcock

Nathan Silcock

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Trail Reviews

A great route with some unusual features. Very nice to be greeted by Bellbirds at the Flora Carpark, and then the Kea told me to hurry up as I got near the hut. Weka on patrol as I arrived and several people getting their breakfast sorted.
I picked the wrong weather day, so will have to return to get the views.

Christian Couper

April 28, 2022

Beautiful scenery everywhere. A hard slog for this unfit lass, but worth the effort.

Jessica Carroll

January 26, 2022

awesome run even in winter!

Nathan Silcock

August 10, 2021

Absolutely beautiful, stick to the trail as there are some serious caves and sink holes off trail. Just ran the trail to the Mt Arthur hut, the upper part is not easy to run

Anna Scheirlinck

December 16, 2020

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