Distance: 4.8 km (4.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 347m to 1344m. Gain: 995m. Loss: 26m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5)


Distance: 2.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 347m to 1117m. Gain: 770m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 20 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The Kellys Creek bridge is 6km towards Greymouth from the Otira Hotel along the SH73 Arthurs Pass road.
From the Kellys Creek bridge on SH73 (Arthur’s Pass road), the track runs 400m up the creek, before a fork is reached. The left fork continues up the creek towards Hunt Saddle and Hunts Creek Hut. Turn right however, and ascend steeply for 500 vertical meters though mature bush until it gives out to scrub. The track, though steep, is cut and well maintained (2007). On leaving the bush, the gradient flattens – and the track sidles, climbing a further 100m through thick scrub before reaching the valley’s rim and the beginning of the tussock tops. Carroll’s Hut is a further 400m (100m ascent) across the tussock – the route is poled.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-20. Experienced: 2007-03-17

Distance: 2.5 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1121m to 1344m. Gain: 225m. Loss: 26m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The poled route continues climbing steadily through the tussock behind Carroll’s Hut to reach Kelly Saddle.

From the saddle, swing left, following the now-intermittent poles at about 250 degrees along the western (Taipo) side of the ridge between the Taipo and Kelly Creek. The poles peter out at times and are hard to find in bad visibility, but a series of tarns will be reached, at the first of which the route swings due west towards the largest tarn. Keeping on the small ridge formed by a fault-line-escarpment, to the west of the tarns, you’ll come across a small sign saying “Access to Taipo Valley”

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-20. Experienced: 2007-03-17

NZTM2000: 1476130, 5262070

Basic Hut/bivvy

Created by: Madpom on 2014-07-17
Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

NZTM2000: 1545680, 5261234 (alt: 487m)

Small carpark, signposted track start, swingbridge

Created by: Madpom on 2018-02-10. Experienced: 2017-07-16

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