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Hackett to Brook St via Rocks, Nelson

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Hackett to Brook St via RocksIntermediate

Submitted by Dave Hall

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Trail Information

39.00km

1710m

800m

 

Tasman and Nelson

Nelson

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Riverside
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate

8:00 (Slow)
6:00 (Moderate)
5:00 (Fast)

-11.7%

+10.8%

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Description

From the Hackett picnic area head across the bridge & up the forestry road. After 1 km, you will cross a swing bridge & then head off on your way up the single track. There are a few places where the river has eaten away at the track so show some caution. At approx. the 4 km mark you will come to a fork in the track, take the left branch towards Browning Hut (the right branch goes to Hackett Hut which is worth a look on another day).

From here you have a few river crossings, on low days you won't get your feet wet, you then head up & over a small hill & then drop down into a small gorge. Be careful here as you have to climb over some large boulders which can be slippery, you then have another river crossing & then head into a climb for a couple of km's before you reach Browning Hut at approx. 8 km.

After Browning Hut you have a very steep climb for 1 km & then a more steady climb through the bush before you come out on the open tops for a few hundred metres. On a clear day you will have a good view back towards Brightwater/Wakefield. You then head back into the bush for quite a few km's. There was quite a bit of windfall here a few years back but DOC have cleared a good path through. As you near Rocks Hut the track tends to be quite middy year-round & a lot of roots so good ankle twisting ground.

It's worth a stop at Rocks as this is a major stopping point on the TA Trail so a good chance to meet some tourists. From Rocks Hut head towards Dun Mountain Saddle, then drop down to the Coppermine Saddle & follow NZ's oldest railway line down to Brook St approx. 18 km away. The decent (as you would imagine being a railway line) is easy going so enjoy the run back to Brook St, Nelson. After approx. 6 km you will pass 3rd House, and then another 4 km or so you reach 4 corners (don't turn left here) & then on down to the Tantragee Saddle & follow the road or Codgers Trail down to Brook St.


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Features of interest

The Dun Mountain Trail, NZ's oldest railway line


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%


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  • Access

    Start at the Hackett Car Park. From Richmond head on SH6 towards Brightwater. Turn left onto Aniseed Valley Rd & head up over the hill. Follow this for several km over a couple of single lane bridges until to reach the signposted Hackett picnic area.

    There is fair amount of parking space at the Hackett picnic area, but as this is not a loop you are better to get dropped here if possible. Although this is quite a busy car park/picnic area it is quite remote & I have often seen cars with broken windows.

    29 km

    38 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    As per above take a left turn at the fork at 4 km. Also when running thru the bush after the clearing at the top of the large hill after Browning Hut there is one area where the markers are a little hard to spot so keep your eyes open
    After leaving Rocks Hut head towards the Dun Saddle, NOT Middy Hut which is the opposite direction.

    Very patchy.

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

    Good water until Browning Hut & then nothing until Rocks Hut, so make sure you fill up in the creek at Browning. You can then get water at Rocks Hut. From Rocks back to Nelson there are generally a couple of creeks across the track year round.

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    Numerous locations as the finish line is only a km or so from central Nelson City.

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