Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Mt Brown Hut

Hokitika, West Coast

Submitted by Steve Hanmer

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 37

Gnarl Factor: 91








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back


Native bush



Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +20.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -20.9%


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Start from Geologist Creek, the track is well marked and fairly gentle for about the first 2 kms, after this point it gets a lot steeper and the trail gets much mor technical. You'll be on all fours for parts of this.

Eventually the bush thins and the gradient mellows out after about 3km. From here, keep pushing up and eventually you'll pop out of the bush into a basin which is clearly poled to the Mt Brown Hut.

Stop and enjoy they stunning location of this hut, and make a mental note to plan an overnight trip up here next time you're in the area, as it would be such a magical place to stay. After you've fed and watered yourself, and soaked in all the views you can, head straight back down the way you came. It's mostly 'runnable' , with the odd section where extra care must be taken to get down safely.

The Hut is just in an incredible spot

Small parking area near the DOC sign

32 km

35 minutes




The start isn't entirely obvious. On entering Geologist Creek there's was a cairn/marker a few metres up on the right indicating where to go. If you have the GPX file it should be straight forward

Very patchy.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, 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 bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

Water at hut (has the standard boil notice)

Heavy rain will make it very muddy and slippery in places.
Could get snow any time really, so check the forecast before heading out, and take the right gear

Trail Legend


Kelly Shaw

has completed Mt Brown Hut twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

This is an awesome grunty hike but how you can claim it is mostly runnable is beyond me (unless you call using all 4 limbs running)! Suggest you don't head up the valley if the tops are clagged in as it really is stunning views from the top that would be a shame to miss.

Rebecca Sunderland

January 4, 2023

Gnarly wee climb, with lots of obstacles to navigate! But totally worth it for the stunning views from the top and the beautiful wee hut. I highly recommend also doing the ridge run to Mt Brown Summit, adds about 45 minutes onto your journey, but definitely worth it for the panoramic views.

Lauren Mai Anderson

December 13, 2021

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