Altitude: 596m to 831m. Gain: 294m. Loss: 67m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
A good tramping track once ran up the south Temple to the hut, but the lower section of this has been obliterated by shingle washouts on the valley floor. However, this is still an easy walk.
Follow the marked track upriver, crossing the North Temple after 300m. There is no bridge (maps are outdated), and this can flood after heavy rain. From the western bank, puck up warratah-marked track across shuingle and grassy flats heading upstream on the northern bank of the South Temple. 3km upstream a sidecreek/slip reveals itself as the source of all the shingle, and beyond the valley is more pleasant - grassy terraces and a river confined to its bed. The track improves and is well marked and cut, sidling low on the northern valleyside as far as the hut.
Again, the swingbridge shown on maps at the hut is long since destroyed, and another river crossing is required at the forks to cross to the hut. Again, this is generally knee deep, but can be impassable after a night (or day) of rain. The hut is clearly visible of grassy terraces upstream of the forks on the southern bank of the north fork.