Copland Pass - Welcome Flat New Zealand
Copland Pass - Welcome Flat New Zealand. Popular destination for climbers, hikers and trampers in Westland New Zealand.

The suspension bridge near Welcome Flat Hut leads across to the true left of the Copland River and onto a series of extensive grassy river flats. Along the flats there are fine views into the Ruera Valley and the Navigator Range beyond, while Mount Sefton and the Footstool rear up behind The Sierra Range, reaching heights over 2000 metres above the valley floor.

Track to Douglas Rock near Welcome Flat
Occasionally the track wanders into low forest but returns to the grassy flats before crossing the multiple channels of Scott Creek. This creek can be extremely hazardous in wet weather.

Beyond Scott Creek the track enters the forest again and begins to climb gradually above the upper gorge. There are a number of open slips to cross with views up and down the river. Eventually the swingbridge across Tekano Creek is reached and the views to the upper valley open out in front of you. Douglas Rock Hut (8 bunks) is nestled in a forest glade just across the bridge. On a clear day the views from the hut are expansive.
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