12 runs for Christmas: #4 Fern Burn Hut

Christmas running in Wanaka, New Zealand

The Fern Burn Hut is the first of three huts when starting from the wanaka side. It is part of the Motatapu Track which finishes in Arrowtown, New Zealand.

It is a 7km run to the Fern Burn Hut (14km return). This is a really enjoyable run although it can be quite technical in spots. It gradually climbs through Beech forest and follows the Fern Burn which is quite nice on a hot day. You will then break out of the forest onto Tussock covered mountains. Here the track treverses on some steep Tussock faces where you will need to be cautious of your footing.

I would not rate this a beginner track to run but is very achievable for all ages(not infants). Be carefull with young ones. I have walked this track last year with my two daughters (aged 8 & 6 at the time) and stayed the night in the hut. It took us 3:40min up and 2:55min back the next day. There is plenty of spots for water along the track from the river and the hut also has a small rainwater tank.

Note; For more up to date info and weather conditions on this track head into the DOC office in Wanaka.