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The Butler Range has also been approached from the Perth. An old cullers track up a scrubby
spur east of Nolans Hut is now unfollowable. A route preferred by hunters these days uses
Pauline Creek to access the upper basins of Hughes Creek.
Hughes Creek itself can also be used directly. The creek can be followed right up, with a sidle
around a gorge necessary between the 600- and 700-metre contours, and a rougher bouldery
section below the big fork at the 760-metre contour. Alternatively, the first marked creek on
the true right below the big fork offers relatively open travel through the scrub zone, leading
up to Pt 1450 metres from the north-west and has also been used to access the upper basins of
In the true right basin, about 300 metres up from forks at 980 metres, a reasonable bivvy rock
is reported. To continue to the Butler Range, go up the gully opposite the bivvy rock until the
col east of Mt Whataroa is reached, then scramble up the ridge to 2014 metres. Mt Whataroa
can also be approached this way.
I W Jeffery, M H Leete, H Beckett, December 1954
Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club