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Hackett - Rocks , Tasman

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Hackett - Rocks Intermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Dave Hall

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Tasman and Nelson


Back country - remote


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
9:30 (Moderate)
7:00 (Fast)



The track is in pretty good condition but there is a small gorge to pass thru before Browning Hut & some windfall which takes a little navigation between Browning & Roebuck Hut

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Starting at the Hackett car park it is pretty easy going up to Browning Hut, with just a moderate climb for the last couple of km's. After Browning Hut there is a gnarly 1km up hill & you then turn right & cross over the ridge to head towards Roebuck Hut. A few km's after Roebuck Hut you meet the intersection & turn left & uphill towards Rocks Hut (or right to Middy Hut). From here you have a 4km rooty climb which DOC estimate at 2.5 hours...enjoy! When you reach the small stream you are very near to the hut. Rocks Hut is on the TA trail, so quite a busy hut that sleeps 16. 

From Rocks Hut follow the signs to Browning Hut. This takes you along the ridge-line of the Richmond Range & after an hour or so you come out to the clear open ridges with views back towards Brightwater & Wakefield. You then drop down a steep 1km drop to Browning Hut as you retrace your steps back to the Hackett picnic car park.

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Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 40%

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The Hacket

Length: 11.80km


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  • Access

    Start at the Hackett Picnic area car park which is towards the end of Aniseed Valley Rd

    Ample parking at the car park but as it is quite remote cars do get broken in to regularly so park here with caution.

    29 km

    38 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Around 4km into the run turn left to head towards Browning Hut (not straight ahead to Hackett Hut)
    Approx. 1km after Browning Hut take a right turn over the ridge to head towards Roebuck Hut.
    Before reaching Middy Hut turn left & head up hill to Rocks Hut.


    Short-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.

    Water is available the entire way excl. the final 4km up hill to Rocks Hut.
    There is no water between Rocks & Browning Hut, but is plentiful after that.

    The track is pretty good year round. If there has been a lot of rainfall it will make river crossings difficult.
    The first km or so after leaving Rocks Hut is generally quite muddy, but after that the track is in good condition year round.
    If there is heavy rain it will make the river crossings after Browning Hut difficult/dangerous

    Wasps are plentiful in summer

  • Post run indulgence

    Rocks Hut Cup of Soup
    Rocks Hut
    Nothing better then a cup of Chicken Soup after a long day at the office

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