Located in the north-west corner of New Zealand’s South Island, Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest National Park. In places it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herb fields, and coastal forests.
Salisbury Lodge – Gordons Pyramid – Mt Arthur Hut – Flora car park
A Walk in the Kahurangi National Park
Time: 5 – 6 hr
Distance: 14 km
This route is strenuous and exposed, requiring good visibility. The views are superb. There is no water, so you must carry your own. From Salisbury Lodge walk back to the Gordons Pyramid signpost. Follow the track through forest up to the bushline. A marked route then leads over Gordons Pyramid (1489m) and follows a defined ridge before dropping into Horseshoe Basin. From here the route climbs up to the ridge above Mt Arthur Hut, then through forest to Flora car park.
Cloustons Mine, an old mine, can also be accessed from this route by dropping down to the bushline from the top of Gordons Pyramid and following the track markers.
Side trip: Balloon Hut
Time: 1hr 30min
Side trip: The Potholes
Time: 1hr 30min return
From Salisbury Lodge walk back to the Gordons Pyramid signpost. Enter the forest and turn right at the Potholes sign. Poles lead through a chain of sinkholes, passing Sphinx Creek (which disappears into a cave), bringing you out in Sphinx Gully, not far below the lodge.