Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Mt Arthur - Flora Huts

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Rebecca Sunderland

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 28 ?

9.2km

545m

545m

1350m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Riverside

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

25%
45%
30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.9%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:30

Moderate

1:00

Fast

From Flora car park follow the track to Flora Saddle where a well-graded track follows the ridge towards Mt Arthur, winding through beech forest and groves of candelabra-like mountain neinei (Dracophyllum sp.). Mt Arthur hut sits on the bushline at approx. 1,300 m.

100m past the hut you will come to an intersection with signs to Mt Arthur Summit. Follow this for 5min to reach a plateau with rock cairn for views to Mt Arthur and the Tablelands. These are the best views of the Tasman Bay and Kahurangi National Park. Head back down and at the same intersection follow the signs to Flora Hut. This is a more technical, steeper trail through beech forest and alpine scrub than the one up to Mt Arthur hut.

Once at the hut you follow a very easy graded wide trail/road back to the carpark. 500m past the hut there is access to a delightful swimming spot which makes for a great cooldown in summer with enough time left to dry off before you get into your car. If you enjoy an easy trail up and don't mind picking your way down technical trail then do the route as described. If you enjoy a gnarlier climb up and love speed and flowing trails for the downhill then do it in reverse, though if you want to end with a swim you'll have to backtrack 1km towards Flora Hut!

Care is required around the many bluffs, sinkholes and caves

Enjoy views over Wharepapa/Arthur Range and Tasman Bay a short distance from the hut. Watch out for curious weka around the hut. Flora hut is a quaint old style hut built in 1927. Toilets and water can be found at Flora Carpark and at the Mt Arthur Hut.

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Parking at Flora Carpark. Own vehicle (4 wheel drive recommended) required. Can be very busy in the summer months.

33 km

44 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Sign posts are at all the junctions.

Non-existent.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Water at Mt Arthur hut tho it does say to boil first. Water from stream at Flora Hut.

The small section of trail above the bushline at Mt Arthur hut would be exposed in extreme weather given its altitude. Rest of trail is within the bushline for the most part.

Trail Legend

Ian Gilmour

Ian Gilmour

has completed Mt Arthur - Flora Huts once in the last year.

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