Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Hacket Hut & Whispering Falls

Richmond, Tasman

Submitted by Talei Hayward

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 27 ?

Gnarl Factor: 48 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.3%


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From the picnic area, cross the wooden bridge and follow the well sign-posted 4 wheel drive road (initially) and single track to Hacket Hut. The trail is rocky and rooty in most parts with several short detours due to washouts. You can take a side detour to Whispering Falls (1km each way). On this detour there is a river crossing where the bridge has been washed out so you may get wet feet and this is not advised if the river is in flood or flowing swiftly after rain. The track to Whispering Falls becomes a bit of an uphill scramble near the Falls. The Falls are spectacular and well worth the detour if there has been rain fairly recently but disappointing if the weather has been dry for a long time!

The Hacket Hut is a 6 bunk hut with a toilet (long drop) and a log burner in a clearing with a picnic table near a river. I didn't notice if there was a water supply at the hut but I'm pretty sure you can drink from the river as it looked absolutely pristine.

Waterfalls, swing bridges, disused Chromite mine, Back Country hut (Hacket Hut).

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Parking is available and plentiful at the picnic area at the end of Hacket Creek Road.

17 km

26 minutes




Well signposted trail.


Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies

Most of the trail is riverside and I believe the water is usually potable.

In a valley so in winter there wouldn't be much sun on the trail and it could be freezing. Not recommended to cross the river after heavy rain. Trail has had numerous washouts in the past due to rain so caution advised if running in very rainy conditions or after heavy falls. No cell phone reception so care needed especially if running solo. Track was fairly well-populated in December when I ran it but not sure about the likelihood of meeting people on it during the winter period.

Washouts, uneven terrain, remote (no cellphone reception).

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

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Trail Reviews

Much more runable (in spots) than I anticipated. Very nice trail that deteriorates in quality a bit the higher you go. Side trip to Whispering Falls is definitely worthy of an explore. Make sure you follow the track to the top. If I wasn't following the GPX, I would have bailed early, thinking I was at them. You get in a stream crossing too which adds to the adventure.

Brion Matthews

December 25, 2021

Take care in muddy weather as there's a tricky little slip to cross but guess Doc will fix it asap. Really loved the waterfall- see photo.

Mike McManaway

December 3, 2021

A very enjoyable trail beside the river, tho it was too high to cross to go and see the falls after recent heavy rain. Much nicer temperatures for running this valley in April than when I came up here in January. Beware you don't take a right after the last wee stream crossing like I did and started heading up a 4wd track. Keep left instead. Definitely no water at hut but river close by.

Rebecca Sunderland

April 2, 2021

An easy cruise apart from the washed out bit where the track detours through a forest with not much signage. I ran on from the Hacket Hut to Browning Hut which is quite steep and technical with roots everywhere, then returned to the Hacket Carpark.

Gareth Worboys

January 18, 2018

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