Hike Mount Arthur and the Tablelands


Added by Vincent Frascello

Distance: 28 km round trip. Beautiful, unique scenery with rolling green hills. Dark skies suitable for stargazing and astrophotography. Challenge hikes through grasslands, beech forests, tussock and mountains. Backcountry huts and tent camping.

Mount Arthur and the Tablelands are a unique and beautiful portion of Kahurangi National Park. The area is remote, making it perfect for astrophotography.

There are many hiking options and places to stay - consult the map at the Flora Car Park shelter for options. Here is a short circuit that can be completed in 2-3 days:

Day One Hike from Flora Car Park to Mount Arthur Hut or Flora Hut. 200 meters past the hut, the beech forest clears - a great place for the sunrise and astrophotography. Both of these huts are $5/night. Mount Arthur Hut has a rainwater system and Flora Hut has a river stream.

Day Two Hike from Mount Arthur Hut up Mount Arthur, across Gordons Pyramid to Salisbury Lodge. The lodge has 22 bunks, gas range with fuel, drinkable water, and costs $15/night.

Day Three Hike out on Salisbury Track. You can stay at Flora Hut or go back to Mount Arthur, if you want to stay another night.

Note that all the huts have mice in them, so hang food from the rafters!

Getting there: Drive to the end of Graham Valley Road to the Flora Car Park. This is a very steep road, accessible with 4WD only in wet or winter conditions. Particularly hot weather, alternatively, can cause your vehicle to overheat.

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Mt. Arthur gravel road

I drove today to flora car park with a corolla hatchback, automatic transmission with low gear. No problem to drive up there as long as the road is dry . There was no problem with the clearance. There were other cars up there, corolla and Yaris. Enjoy your tramp.

NYs Day up Mt Arthur

My partner and I hiked up from the flora car park to Mt Arthur hut and just up from it was some of the best views I’ve seen in a long time. The only downside was the road up, it was very steep and difficult to get up. We did manage it in a 2wd though wouldn’t recommend it as it did cause a few white knuckle moments. The tramp up to the hut is super accessible, doable for most fitness levels (because I’m not that fit I can say this) and makes a great day trip. Saw parents take kids up as well. And as someone pointed out to us when they gave advice, even if you don’t make it all the way up, there are some amazing view points in the way.

Bring A Good Car

Love love love the trail up here, and love the family friendly huts lower down. It's a steep drive up though, and can be quite rutted after the winter. I have no idea what I would've done if I'd met someone coming the other way. Our old van overheated at the very end of the drive, so bring a healthy vehicle with you.


about 5 years ago


Great photographs, nice write-up. The photos are totally inspiring. In my to-do list down-under.

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