this was a highlight of our trip. The seven hour walk up was challenging. But the hut is excellent and relaxing in the geothermal pools nearby, under the stars, is an experience we will always treasure.
Welcome Flats hut is a nice-looking, well-equipped backcountry DOC hut with a twist: natural hot pools nested in the middle of the Southern Alps! These hot pools where already known to the Māori, who came up the valley to catch birds and enjoy this unusual gift.
The hot pools themselves are very well cared for by DOC staff, who strives...
Time: 2 days return. Distance: 34 km return.
An easy going, full day walk up Copland Valley, walking alongside the Copeland River to Welcome Flat Hut. When I went it rained occasionally but it was worth it. This trekking has astonishing bridges. Very high and thin.
Apart from walking within the mighty Southern Alps, the other major draw-card is the...