Mt Somers - Methven Mt Hutt Guide NZ

Mt Somers Tracks

In 1983 Mt Somers and Staveley locals formed the Mt Somers Walkways Society, which led to the creation of what is now known as the Mt Somers Track. The track officially opened in 1987, the year the management of the area passed to the Department of Conservation (DOC). Since then there has been a close association between the two organisations.

Mt Somers Track is a 1–2 day circuit around Mt Somers linking the popular Pinnacles and Woolshed Creek huts. If you intend to walk only one way from Woolshed Creek car park and require vehicle transport, a local service is available.

SHARPLIN FALLS CAR PARK TO WOOLSHED CREEK HUT

Sharplin Falls Track junction

Distance: 30 minutes
Classification: Walking Track
Walk through mountain beech forest/tawhairauriki alongside Bowyers Stream to Sharplin Falls Track Junction: Note the track into the waterfalls from this junction is closed due to rock fall damage.

Sharplin Falls Track junction to Pinnacles Hut

Distance: 3 hours, 5.2 km
Classification: Easy Tramping Track
From Sharplin Falls Track junction the path climbs steeply through mountain beech forest/tawhairauriki to Dukes Knob before following Bowyers Stream to the hut.

Pinnacles Hut to Woolshed Creek Hut

Distance: 3 hours, 6.2 km
Classification: Easy tramping track
Pinnacles Hut is named after the rock formations on the northern face of Mt Somers, formed by the cooling of very hot sticky lava flows some 90 million years ago. From the hut follow markers through tussock and subalpine scrub up to the Mt Somers saddle (1170 m). It is a steady climb to the saddle where views of the Taylor and Old Man ranges dominate the scenery. On the descent towards Morgan Stream a sign indicates a short side-trip to view some interesting boulder features referred to as ‘caves’. Returning to the main track, follow the markers across Morgan Stream and Woolshed Creek to Woolshed Creek Hut.

MT SOMERS TRACK (SOUTH FACE)

From Woolshed Creek Hut, Woolshed Creek picnic are and carpark can be reached via Miners Track or Rhyolite Ridge Track

Woolshed Creek Hut to Woolshed Creek car park via Miners Track

Distance: 3 hours, 5 km, one way
Classification: Easy Tramping Track
From Woolshed Creek Hut the track rises to a high point (trig R, 934 m) with superb views of the upper Ashburton Gorge, before descending to the old Blackburn Mine. The track then runs alongside the hand-built jig that transported coal from the Blackburn Mine to the railway wagons waiting below. At the bottom of the jig the track follows the route of the tramway to Woolshed Creek car park.

Woolshed Creek Hut to Rhyolite Ridge Track junction via Mt Somers Track (south face)

Distance: 2 hours, 4.6 km, one way
Classification: Tramping Track
The route takes in dynamic scenery with regenerating mountain beech forest/tawhairauriki within a landscape of waterfalls, deep icy pools and rocky tors. From the hut the route climbs some 500 metres to a local feature known as the Bus Stop Overhang. From here the track crosses the face of Mt Somers to link with Rhyolite Ridge Track.

Rhyolite Ridge Track junction to Mt Somers Summit Track junction

Distance: 3 hours 30 min, 6 km, one way
Classification: Tramping track
Passing around the southern face of Mt Somers through a mix of open grassland and forested catchments, this section of track eventually rises to its highest point (1080 m) at the junction of the Mt Somers Summit Track. Acland Shelter provides welcome shelter and rest after about 4 km (1 hour 30minutes) from the junction.

Mt Somers Summit Track Junction to Sharplin Falls car park

Distance: hours 30 minutes, 2.7 km, one way
Classification: Tramping Track

The final steep downhill section is through regenerating forest areas but is open enough to continue to provide interesting views to the east.

Mt Somers Track Information & Map

  • Facilities: Woolshed Creek Hut sleeps 26 on sleeping platforms while Pinnacles Hut sleeps 19 on single and double bunks. Water is supplied from either a rainwater tank or directly from a stream. All drinking water should be sterilised, filtered or boiled for three minutes before use. Both huts have a wood or coal burner for heating but cooking facilities and utensils are not provided. Back country hut tickets should be bought in advance from Mt Somers or Staveley stores, Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre or any DOC office. Annual hut passes (available from DOC offices) may also be used. Huts cannot be booked and they sometimes become overcrowded; please be considerate of other users.
  • More info: Collect a Mt Somers Track brochure from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.
  • Please note: Dogs are not permitted.