Hut Trek in New Zealand’s Mount Aspiring National Park

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A recent conversation reminded us of a serendipitous trek ‘down under’. With a week to kill after completion of an assignment in New Zealand, we chose a quick hut trip in spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park close to Wanaka/Queenstown. The trek into the Liverpool Hut (listed as 6 hrs) starts off crossing some sheep paddocks (with sheep) and a couple suspension bridges. The final section is very steep, much like climbing a ladder through the trees than walking a track. The end result is a magnificently placed hut overlooking the Matukituki River in one direction and the park’s namesake peak (3,027 meters) to the other. We were joined by a couple Australians gunning for the summit of nearby Mt Barff and entertained by a host of energetic keas during our stay. Huge thanks to New Zealand Tourism and Wilderness Motorhomes for taking good care of us on that trip. Cheers!

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