walk or hike
 
 

The walking track covers a 27 kilometre round trip over Four Peaks Station following the route taken by pioneer farmers and shepherds in the 1850s when sheep were first farmed in the area.


The Track season is from November - April and is limited to 10 walkers or bikers per day.


Limiting the number of walkers or mountain bikers ensures you experience the peace and tranquillity of the Four Peaks high country environment, and prevents disruption to the stock being farmed there.


Usually only your group will be using the huts , and walking or biking each section of the track, at any one time. Although smaller groups of 2’s or 3’s will be required to share the hut facilities if there are other bookings for the same dates, which can occur over public holidays and weekends.


This is a 2 or 3 day/night Walk, an enjoyable and satisfying way to see this amazing country, and experience the

charming shepherds huts along the Track. 

There will be just you, up to 9 friends, endemic and farmed wildlife, and the great outdoors!



 
walking track
"Fantasmagorical high country experience” 
                    ..... Lynne Pellett, 
                        CHRISTCHURCH

Your Itinerary ...

Option 1.   4 Day/ 3 Night   27Kms    $415pp   Drive to Four Peaks

Station 126 Clayton Settlement Road, Fairlie, to arrive at the Station

Huts between 6.00 - 8:00pm for your 1st day & 1st night,

park your vehicle and be 'briefed' about the walking Track.  


At 9.00am next morning you will be driven by four wheel drive

vehicle 17 kilometres to the beginning of the Track.

On this your 2nd day you walk only 3 kms to the historic Sutherland’s

Hut where you have the day to unwind & enjoy the peaceful setting and

charm of NZ’s oldest surviving shepherd’s hut.  This is your 2nd night.


Your 3rd day, your walk is a distance of 10 kms (3-5 hours) over

Jumpover Saddle, & down to Devil's Creek Hut, for your 3rd night.  

En route, at ‘The Jumpover’ you have the option to climb Devil's Peak

(1587m), the 2nd highest of the Four Peaks, approx. 2.5 - 3 hour return.


Your 4th day, your walk is a distance of 12 kms (4-5 hours) over

Kirke’s Saddle, & back to base at the Station Huts.


Option 2.   3 Day/ 2 Night    27Kms    $395pp   Drive to Four Peaks

Station 126 Clayton Settlement Road, Fairlie, to arrive at the Station

Huts between 1.00 - 3.00pm, park your vehicle and be 'briefed' about

the Track.

At 3.30pm same day you will be driven by four wheel drive vehicle 17 kilometres to the beginning of the Track. Your 1st day’s walk is 2.5kms to the historic Sutherland’s Hut, for your 1st night.


Your 2nd day's walk is a distance of 10 kms (3-5 hours) over Jumpover Saddle, & down to Devil's Creek Hut, for your 2nd night.   En route, at ‘The Jumpover’ you have the option to climb Devil's Peak (1587m), the 2nd highest of the Four Peaks, approx. 2.5 - 3 hour return walk.

Your 3rd day’s walk is a distance of 12 kms (4-5 hours) over Kirke’s Saddle, & back to base at the Station Huts.


Option 3.   3 Day/ 2 Night  Devils Creek Circuit   22Kms    $305pp

Drive to Four Peaks Station to arrive at the Station Huts between

6.00 - 8:00pm on your 1st day for the 1st night.  Next morning,

Day 2 you walk or bike to Devil’s Creek Hut 12kms for night 2,

& back out to base next day (Day 3).


Option 4.    2 Day/ 1 Night  Devils Creek Overnighter    22Kms    $225pp      Drive to Four Peaks Station to arrive at the Station Huts between 9.00 - 10:00am on Day 1, and following the marked track you walk 12kms to Devils Creek Hut for the night, then return 10 kms back to base the next day Day 2.   For those with time constraints this is an excellent ‘getaway breath of fresh air’ option, doing a 22km loop, and is suitable for children as there aren’t any major ups and downs!   



                                                                

What you need to bring on your walk ...

A comfortable small day-backpack to carry your lunch, wet weather

gear and camera.


Sensible worn-in walking boots or shoes; water proof jacket; woolen

hat; sun hat.  The weather can change rapidly in the high country, so it is important to have warm clothes.   There are several small creeks to cross so you may also get wet feet - bring at least one change of clothes.  There are no drying facilities at the huts other than fire places and drying racks.


It is essential to carry a water bottle, and drink regularly whilst walking to avoid dehydration. The streams you cross have pristine water (guaranteed by shepherds over the years!) where you can fill up your bottles. There is clean drinking water at each hut.   Regular water testing is not carried out, however if you are at all concerned you can boil the water for at least 3 minutes first.


A good quality sleeping bag  - comfortable beds, pillows and clean

pillow-slips, are provided.


Personal equipment such as toilet gear (including insect repellent,

sun block, basic first aid kit for blisters and other minor ailments);

torch; sunglasses; camera; towel.

Optional extras could include: walking stick/pole; gaiters; long johns.


You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness as the track takes in a variety of grades from easy terrain to uneven ground to steeper up-hill and down-hill sections.


Sufficient food for 2 or 3 days with plenty of nutritional snacks for during the walk. The huts are fully equipped with cooking utensils and gas top elements (no ovens).  There are no fridges.


Pack Transport ...

Pack transport is included in the walk price.   A ‘pack’ is a standard

tramper’s back-pack as shown in the photo opposite.

Groups of 4 or more are welcome to bring one chilly-bin (esky) for

their food, at no extra cost.

Any extra chilly-bins or bags will incur a charge of $10 per item.