"Awa Awa Walks (1): Scott?s Saddle Track" Methven Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2

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  Fairy-tale forest of the Scott's Saddle Track.
by Kakapo2

This track takes at least four and half to five hours and runs along beside the ski field road, where another view of the plains and Port Hills is obtained. The first part is steep. After this 30 min climb you turn to the right (Scott?s Track; the Ridge Track turns to the left). The track now goes slightly up and down most of the time. As the track leads mostly through forest, you do not have many chances to enjoy the described views. After an hour the track leads into the open and offers view over the Pudding Hill Stream. (This is the mountain west of Mt. Hutt.) After crossing the ridge you have a view of the Mt. Hutt ski area. A short walk on a 4x4 track leads down to the saddle. You return on the same track.

You see a lot of mountain beeches with black trunks. As mentioned on some of my other pages, the black trunks do not mean that there have been bushfires. The black cover is caused by a scale insects that produce honeydew ? and on which bellbirds and tui (not existent in this area) feed. But honeydew is also harvested by honey producers who export this special honey to Europe. Such honey is called Forest or Pine Honey.

The ground is very mossy, and sometimes you feel like in Lord of the Rings ;-)

I would only do the walk on a nice day, so you can enjoy the views. Also, the steep uphill section is very muddy in rainy conditions.

Rainfall is high in this area (1000 to 2000 mm per year, compared to the 450 mm of Christchurch). But at least the track is sheltered from the raging norwesterlies that would blow you from Mt. Hutt summit in spring. You walk to an altitude of 1120 metres, starting at 540 metres.

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  • Written Aug 3, 2008
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